Tag Archive: writer’s notebook

Wait Time

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There have been many times I have had to hang on to patience, hold my breath, and wait. I have had students that do not hesitate to jump into writing and others, not… Continue reading

(Writing) Life Imitates Art: Finding Inspiration in Ralph Fletcher’s Instagram

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The creative lives we maintain outside of writing fill us up as humans with stories to tell. When we bring this life into the writing workshop, it builds community, and it lays the foundation for lifelong writers who have strategies for sustaining their own writing lives.

Teaching Writing, Learning Writing

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As I get ready for the March SOLSC, I’m thinking about ways to support writers when ideas, energy and inspiration waver.

Notebooks: Starting with What Matters Most

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Before summer began, we at Two Writing Teachers planned this blog series, and I blithely volunteered to write a post about the value of notebooks in writing workshop. Notebooks. What was I thinking?!… Continue reading

Summer Writing: A Confession and a Goal

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All of us at Two Writing Teachers are thinking about and planning for summer writing. Summer writing inspiration for our students and summer writing goals for ourselves. Kathleen wrote this fabulous post about using… Continue reading

Building a culture of bravery in writing workshop

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In these early days of writing workshop, we work on being brave…

Creating Classroom Environments: Paper Choices

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Kids do need room to grow. Not only do they outgrow clothes in the blink of an eye, they also grow as readers and writers. This is why we need classroom libraries stocked with a wide range of levels, and it’s why we need writing centers stocked with paper choices.

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

I {Heart} Writer’s Notebooks.

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I just said good bye to a former student (who is now a friend) and her fiance after they had dinner with us.  She loves to write and is planning to become a… Continue reading

Ruth’s Memoir Monday: Getting Laney.

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Earlier this week I wrote a quick write in my writer’s notebook about getting my cabbage patch kid.  (Last week for Memoir Monday, I toyed with the So What? of writing about Laney.)  I… Continue reading

Storyboards.

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This summer I heard Penny Kittle speak about using storyboards.  This week I’ve tried them out in classrooms.  They aren’t all that different from one of the ways I talk to kids about… Continue reading

Yo-Ho-Ho, A Pirate’s Life for Me!

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Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day (link takes you to Wikipedia; here is the official site).  Next to Christmas, this may just be my favorite!  🙂  A little known secret is that… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: An Original Acrostic.

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With the start of the year, I’ve noticed several teachers having students use their names to make acrostic poems.  I was reminded of a post Stacey wrote * about encouraging meaning in acrostic… Continue reading

fierce wonderings

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  Fierce wonderings is a term coined by Ralph Fletcher in his book A Writer’s Notebook, which if you don’t have, you need to go straight to Amazon.com & order it!  I’ve been privileged to… Continue reading

Collecting Ephemera at the Primary Level.

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Now here’s a cool idea for all of you primary teachers who want to tap into the power of writer’s notebooks without each student actually having a writer’s notebook. Plus I think it… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Writer’s Notebook

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Here’s a poem from Ralph Fletcher’s book, A Writing Kind of Day. Writer’s Notebooks My brother Tom says he’s a hundredaire with two hundred fifty dollars in his bank account. Dad’s a thousandaire.… Continue reading

Writer’s Notebooks, Art Journals, Scrapbooking, Blogs???

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Liza Lee Miller said:  Okay . . . here’s a question for you. As a teacher, as a writer, as an artist . . . what is the difference between a Writer’s Workbook… Continue reading

My Thoughts on Writing.

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One of the initial writer’s notebook entries I ask that we create in the BWWT (I’m so sick of typing:  Beginning Writing Workshop Training) is to think about our past writing experiences.  Yesterday, here’s what… Continue reading

What’s on your heart?

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Yesterday a fourth grade classroom I work with kicked off their poetry study by mapping their hearts (sans Georgia Heard).  Stacey & I did this a few months ago for WNW.  This is… Continue reading