I once lost a journal, left it behind at a breakfast diner in the heart of Boston… I didn’t sleep for two full days worrying about it. …Had it been noticed or unwittingly swept into the trash? …did anyone read it? Did they laugh? In the good way? Or cry? Did they see any potential? Did they like it? Boston is a literary city, after all, so there was a lot at stake for me.
I am honored to be a contributor to a blog that I love, Sharing Our Notebooks curated by children’s author and teacher Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. I have given writing teachers a quick peek inside my notebooks in the past, but with Amy’s blog as inspiration, this time I am really putting myself out there, baring entries that fed the works closest to my heart.
Many teachers launch poetry units in April to honor National Poetry Month, so here are five notebook strategies that can support your poetry unit. As you read through them, you’ll find that these also fit or could be adapted to other units of study.
In fact, it’s not a bad idea to teach the same notebook strategy in multiple units of study—that demonstrates how valuable the strategy is in the “real world,” perhaps working across genres, subject matter, audiences, purposes, etc.
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…
Summer is a great time for teachers to “stock up” their writers’ notebooks. Not sure what to write? Here are three strategies to help get you thinking. Read more
I will teach a class on writers’ notebooks on Tuesday afternoon. I’ve taught this class more than a hundred times before, but this time I will try to make a…