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I wanted to explain the similarities and difference between journals and writer's notebooks (my answer on the difference has definitely changed this year), and I wanted to share some of my best new materials.   I finally finished my new journal & notebook resource this weekend.

 

I'd love some feedback: http://corbettharrison.com/prewriting.htm

 

--Corbett

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I just stumbled upon your website and Writing Fix, and am intrigued by the concept of writers' notebooks.  I teach at a laptop school, and all my 5th graders have laptops that they carry home with them during the school year.  I am encouraged to use the laptops as much as possible.  What would you suggest I do for a writer's notebook that is digital?
I totally love the idea of each student with his/her own laptop; I'm sure there's a way to make a digital version of notebook pages as published, final drafts of things, but I really embrace the concept of writer's notebooks for pre-writing, which I think should be done away from a computer.  Plus, there's something powerful to me about having my notebook in spiral-notebook form, about the smell of the crayon on the pages that I've decorated.  If I was at an all-laptop school, I would use writer's notebooks as an activity to do while the laptops are re-charging so that we could keep the physical-ness of this pre-writing tool.  Just my thoughts.  :-)
Thanks, Corbett.  That has been my feeling, too, but it helps to have it verified by a colleague in the field.

Corbett Harrison said:
I totally love the idea of each student with his/her own laptop; I'm sure there's a way to make a digital version of notebook pages as published, final drafts of things, but I really embrace the concept of writer's notebooks for pre-writing, which I think should be done away from a computer.  Plus, there's something powerful to me about having my notebook in spiral-notebook form, about the smell of the crayon on the pages that I've decorated.  If I was at an all-laptop school, I would use writer's notebooks as an activity to do while the laptops are re-charging so that we could keep the physical-ness of this pre-writing tool.  Just my thoughts.  :-)

Corbett, I first wanted to thank you for this wonderful resource page.  I have been working with writer's notebooks for the past couple of years, fine tuning and tweaking each semester.  Your explanation of how you transitioned from journal to WN is exactly what I was looking for!  I realize now that the WN I have had students keep was more of a hybrid of both-hense my frustration.  So, no more prompts-they are history!  How freeing!

Encouraging students to not only write but also to illustrate in their WN (I call it Tell 'n Show) is something I encourage each year.  I  describe myself as artistically challenged, however, so have much trouble showing the students what I mean.  What a simple solution in Mr. Stick!  Finally, the sample lessons/pages you posted are wonderful.  Not only do students need to see a teacher's example, but teachers need their examples as well. 

I so appreciate all of the hard work you have done on your sites and more importantly allowing teacher's everywhere to share your work and ideas.  When will that WN workshop be for sale in August?  Best of luck back in the classroom this year! Regards,

Michele C.

Michele,

 

What an amazing, kind response to my resources.  I thank you so much for it.  I also love "Tell-n-show"; I'll definitely be adding that phrase to my teaching next year.

 

I just posted my September Bingo Card for Writer's Notebooks at my own site.  My personal deadline for the other 8 months' cards is August 15.  I usually make my own deadlines, so I'm optimistic!

 

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--Corbett

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