Category Archive: writer’s notebook

Noticing the World

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Last week, when the sun finally made an appearance on Friday afternoon, Christi and I ventured outside with her second graders and their notebooks. In the minilesson we talked about learning to write… Continue reading

Don’t Fall Apart Now!

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This-coming weeks marks the time of the year that I recall a few of my former students falling apart.  Why?  Thanksgiving, which marks the beginning of the holiday season, falls out in the… Continue reading

Answers to a Variety of Workshop-Related Questions

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When Ruth and I present, we always leave time for teachers to turn and talk.  Our Monday morning session at KSRA was much smaller than our Sunday afternoon session, which meant we could… Continue reading

Highlights from the Week

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I have been in a lot of different writing workshops lately. Just this week I’ve been in 13 writing workshops and have met with 13 different teachers in either reflective practice meetings or… Continue reading

Bullying and the Writer’s Notebook

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Pamela Paul wrote an article, “The Playground Gets Even Tougher,” which appeared in the Sunday Styles section of today’s New York Times.  The article discusses mean-girl bullying, which has been seen as early… Continue reading

One Time Stories

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Do you know the old saying, “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?” I’m experiencing it first hand. My oldest daughter, Hannah, was given a writer’s notebook by her third grade teacher.… Continue reading

Quotations for Notebooks

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I like collecting quotes, especially quotes about writing.  If you like inspirational quotes, then here are a few about writing.  Some of these would be perfect to paste onto the inside front cover… Continue reading

A New Notebook for the New School Year

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Some teachers buy them for their students.  Some teachers have parents purchase their own.  Some teachers have school-issued marble composition books.  Regardless of where students’ writer’s notebooks come from, there should be some… Continue reading

Reflecting on Reading Like a Writer

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So I took some time to create a video about the system I created in order to track and reflect on my summer reading. Because I pushed myself to reflect in a new… Continue reading

Start Collecting!

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As the school year quickly approaches, now is the time to begin collecting some ephemera from our everyday lives. Ephemera (the stuff of life that you would normally throw away) adds a dimension… Continue reading

Mardi Gras Beads, a Treasure Chest, and Notebooks

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One of the best things about attending summer institutes hosted by the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is meeting people from all over the country and the world.  This year, I landed… Continue reading

Share Your Story

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Stories are as unique as the people who tell them, and the best stories are those in which the ending is a surprise. At least, that’s what Travis Parker recalled his dad telling… Continue reading

The Power of Place

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The more I write and collect stories, the more I realize the power of place.  Thinking about a place can jog all kinds of memories — even ones you forgot you had.  This… Continue reading

A Peek Into My Notebook

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In this (too-long) video, I share a peek into my notebook.  I’m not sure what happened, though, because when I prepared it for the Internet, the final letter was dropped from many of… Continue reading

Living Like Writers: Collecting Stories.

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Earlier this week, I posted about finding meaning in the everyday stories of our lives.  I ended the post with this line: So here’s to collecting the stories of our lives, finding the… Continue reading

A Writing Send-Off

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Everyone received one last notebook! Originally uploaded by teachergal I began cleaning out my classroom supply cabinet yesterday. I found 16 leftover notebooks that were donated to my classroom from DonorsChoose. Since items… Continue reading

Mentoring: Peace, Locomotion

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My colleague and next-door-classroom-neighbor Leanna and I were eating and grading writer’s notebooks together at lunchtime today.  I got to the second notebook in my stack and said, “She’s gotta be kidding me!”… Continue reading

Reading Notebooks

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Katie asked: How often do you collect and look at notebooks or are you doing it as you conference with students? I rarely read through a student’s notebook during a Writing Conference.  The… Continue reading

Just what are the kids writing in those notebooks?

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Mrs. V. left the following comment yesterday: “Thanks for your details. Could you tell me more about their idea notebook nightly assignment? What are the requirements and how do you assess it? Also,… Continue reading

From the Notebook to a Final Copy

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Yesterday, Katie left the following comment: Stacey is there a post or can you post your process for students’ writing. What I mean is where do they draft, what do you collect and… Continue reading