This eliminates time you would have to spend at the copy machine.
I also write--again, not always well. This is not an advertisement for my own stuff, but maybe it is. Go start a darn notebook and share your crazy ideas with your kids once you realize how much fun it is to keep one, how much fun it is to ramble some days, how much fun it is to let your thoughts become decoration on what was once a blank notebook page.
I want more teachers to model their own writing. I share some of my own teacher models in this space below. I cherish that little composition book. If it was ever lost, I would genuinely weep with sadness. I began requiring journal writing way back in my first year of teaching.
I had taken a methods class at my university that stressed the importance of having students keep journals to record daily responses to topics. I said, "Why not?
It was boring, and I was asking them to maintain a classroom tool that I would have thought was pointless to maintain as well. Since graduating college seven years earlier, I had not kept my own journal; I was asking my students to keep theirs going, but I was not doing it alongside them, nor had I ever shown them any of my journals from college.
I really went the extra mile as I kept it too; I illustrated my daily entries with the " Mr. Stick " character that I had recently begun using in classand I added lots of visuals with glue and scotch tape.
You can click on the image at left to be able to zoom in on the first page of my " Mr. Stick Goes to Washington " journal I kept that summer.
When I returned to my classroom in August ofI showed and shared entries from my summer journal every day during that first month of school. Because I could now explain my own thinking process based on each page I shared, they seemed much more willing to put deeper thought into their journals.
Only a few threw theirs away that June; several years later, after honing my teaching skills just a bit more, I would guess that none of my students felt their journals were worth so little that they considered dropping them in the trash.
Over the next dozen years that followed that trip to D. Will they keep them forever? I doubt it, but they report to me years later that they still have them. That is definitely cool, in my opinion.
The big idea here is that students should write every day in some personal place that keeps their writing all together.Daily Writing Prompts Creative Writing Prompts for every day of the year.
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As always, The Teacher's Corner is looking for ways to make your life easier. Writing — it’s an important form of communication and a key part of education.
But in today’s technology-driven world, kids aren’t given many opportunities to practise and improve their ability to write.
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Photo: Wikimedia commons There are plenty of folks happy to tell you how to write better, just as any doctor will tell you to “eat right and exercise.” But changing your writing (or eating) habits only happens when you understand why you do what you do.