I am a sucker for art and teacher supply stores. Since I’ve typically been a visiting writer or the teacher-onwheels who rotates between classrooms, I’ve rarely had the opportunity to create a bulletin board. But boy can I imagine what my students and I would build together if I had the space!
For starters, I’d always have one board that mimics a strategy I use in my writer’s notebook. I’d teach the strategy and invite students to try it — not only to try it in their notebooks but to post their ideas on the bulletin board as well. I’d choose a strategy that will serve students across genres so we can continue to fill the board for months at a time, just as I want them to re-use “old” strategies in their notebooks throughout the year, storing up ideas and inspiration for writing projects they haven’t even thought of (or I haven’t assigned) yet. After all, that’s exactly what I do in my writer’s notebook. Here are two ideas:
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Written for Indiana Partnership for Young Writers