I’m teaching memoir right now. It falls into our schedule early this year… and I love it! On Friday I had four conferences, two of which my students didn’t follow … Continue Reading Emotional & Truthful: That’s What Memoir Is!
A few years ago I often began asking my students to tell me what I did well as a writer and what I could work on as a writer when … Continue Reading Have You Ever Asked Your Kids for Feedback on YOUR Writing?
Sometimes you have to let go of the reigns and allow your students to lead you, right. Well, I’m preparing to do just that tomorrow when I work with my … Continue Reading A New Writer’s Notebook Rubric
I’ve written a couple of mini-grant proposal on DonorsChoose.org in the past couple of years for real writer’s notebooks (i.e., Bluelines and Moleskines) for my students to use so that … Continue Reading Portable Writer’s Notebooks
It’s that time again… This-coming week is Mid-Year Self-Evaluation Time in my class’s Writing Workshop. I’ve revamped the Mid-Year Self-Evaluation to reflect the questions from not only Buckner’s Book (as … Continue Reading Mid-Year Self-Evaluation: Want a Copy?
I shared an excerpt from the Jacqueline Woodson Section of Speaking of Journals by Paula W. Graham with my students today. Afterwards, we all wrote down some ways in which … Continue Reading Ways I Use My Writer’s Notebook
My markers may have been drying up, but there was nothing that was going to stop me from recording my kids’ responses during the minilesson I gave today. Take a … Continue Reading Purposes for Writing in a Notebook: Kids’ Responses
I head back to school tomorrow. I am starting a new unit of study in both Reading and Writing Workshop (nonfiction and notebook writing, respectively). Hence, I thought I’d share … Continue Reading Launching Minilesson: Writer’s Notebook Unit of Study
A reader, Sara, suggested, a few weeks ago, that I restate the students’ goals for the upcoming Writer’s Notebook Unit of Study as “I Can…” Statements, which I did for … Continue Reading Goals Restated
I administered writing interviews to five of my focal children on Tuesday. One of them actually wrote about it. This was what one of them wrote as a notebook entry … Continue Reading Interviewing My Kids
My grade-level colleagues and I discussed ways to make more time for independent writing during our last common planning session. One thing that was mentioned was setting aside some time … Continue Reading Making More Time for Independent Notebook Writing
love is – line breaks Originally uploaded by teachergal One of my students experimented with other genres this week, one of which was poetry. She wrote a gorgeous poem about … Continue Reading Encouraging Students to Use Line Breaks
One of my former students e-mailed me this evening with the first draft and the final draft of a personal narrative she wrote for her seventh grade English Class. She … Continue Reading A Gift from a Young Writer
In the past week, I’ve managed to squeeze-in some time to read through two professional books, both of which I picked up while I was at NCTE. Writing to Persuade: … Continue Reading Two Exceptional Professional Books
Custom-made Idea Notebooks Originally uploaded by teachergal If you read this blog a lot, then you know I love Etsy! I’ve found many creative Etsians who have created wonderful things … Continue Reading A Fabulous Etsian Made These for My Kids!
My colleagues and I are going to revisit writer’s notebooks with our students right after the winter recess. We haven’t written the teaching points yet, but our homework, over the … Continue Reading Revisiting