[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”4″ gal_title=”freedom”] After finishing the last post about how a writer’s notebook differs from a writing journal, I was thinking about how choice is so important to students. It’s difficult to allow students to choose what to write when we have to teach a narrative, a persuasive essay, an argument, comparison contrast, etc. etc. Not to mention, students need to learn how respond to a timed writing prompt. It is often easier to just give the assignment and move… Read more »

  At some time in your students’ academic lives, they have probably kept a journal.  Journals are wonderful teaching tools — they help students reflect on their learning, expand their understanding, make hypotheses…and so on.  The great thing about learning journals is that nearly any discipline can use them — math, science, social studies.  They are a flexible, wonderful teaching tool.  A journal prompt directs the student’s writing to address a specific task. But a writer’s notebook is a different… Read more »

The world of teachers very well may be divided into those who organize with binders and those who organize with folders. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, but if you’re in the binder camp, there is one tool you cannot live without:  a high-quality three-hole punch. This is an “essential” tool.   I received this “serious” hole punch as a gift my first year of teaching — I’d put it on my “wish list” and was lucky enough to… Read more »

What does summer vacation mean to you? We can all agree that teachers work really hard.  But, our summer “to do” lists are often full of more work!  Closets to be cleaned, files organized, lessons planned, books to be read…the list is as bottomless as a pile of papers to be graded! Encourage the teachers in your life to take some time this summer for themselves.  Relax, enjoy the outdoors, read just for fun (to quote my sister:  “Every book… Read more »