Before I babble on, I have to share one of my teacher nerd moments with you!
Today is my birthday and Diana, showed up this morning with the BEST gift ever!! I was squealing with excitement!! :)
Some people might wonder what these little gems are..... Yes, they are PVC pipe... what makes them so special you ask? Well, they are constructed in a way that students can use them as a phone... We call them phonics phones, but the purpose of them is for students to be able to whisper read/read quietly and be able to ear themselves nice and clear!! These are a wonderful tool to help students, especially the low babies! My plan is to add duct tape on all of them like the ones in the bottom right corner before school starts!! I just need to find some super cute duct tape to use! BEST GIFT EVER!
OK, OK... Writer's Workshop & Notebooks... Here I come!!
I don't know about you, but for me, writing was always the one subject that I
The idea behind Writer's Workshop is starting off with a mini-lesson. How does a mini lesson compare to that of a regular lesson, well... a mini lesson for writing should be a short 5-10 minute lesson with a specific focus. You then instruct students to think about or apply what it was that was taught in the mini lesson in their independent writing...
For example: You are teaching a lesson about verbs. You then have the students get out their writer's notebook or folder with their writing drafts, you have them select one piece of writing, and then instruct them to circle all of the verbs. Once they have completed this, they go on with their independent writing.
What am I, as the teacher, doing during independent writing? Well, it is simple, this is when you are doing your conferences with students. This doesn't mean that you are pulling students over to your table and marking up their page. These conferences are guided in a way that you help them to realize what they need to add, change, clarify, however it is done in a manner and a way of which you ask the students questions guiding them to identify these things on their own. You have the students make the corrections, giving them the power!
Once students have been writing independently for their 20ish minutes, it is imperative to give students the opportunity to SHARE their writing with one another. Sharing is such a powerful tool and gives students so much confidence, something we really need to continually make a priority in our classrooms!
If you do not go through all of these steps, it is NOT considered writer's workshop! This may seem like a lot, but seriously, this is the SHORT and SWEET, condensed, no fluffs, no frills, version!
With all of that being said, let me get into the Writer's Notebook!
EEK, I LOVE the idea of the writer's notebook!
So this is my writer's notebook, I have my cover, you can't see too many details because of the glare, but it just says "Ms.Pepper." Then the other side of the note book is my "TWIN." I didn't realize until yesterday that TWIN was an acronym for Teacher's Writing Interactive Notebook... Anyways... I will keep going...
The other side of MY notebook is my TWIN, this is my place to write notes, ideas, make anchor charts, reminders about writer's workshop, etc! For my students though, I have decided after the Balanced Literacy Institute, the flip side will be their word study book, they will keep their personal word wall and different word study activities on this side!
I am not going to lie, I can't wait to teach writing!! :)