Our notebooks are finally done! My students enjoyed creating these works of art!
Thoughts to Ponder On August 28, 2007
Today, I introduced to the sixth grade their first thoughts to ponder on. Thoughts to ponder on are quotes, questions, pictures, etc that I want my students to respond to in their writer’s notebook. I was amazed at how well my sixth graders worked. They had time to write and they USED it! Some were still writing when I was ready to go on to the next step. I am pleased by their eagerness to write. I can’t wait until Thursday when we discuss more in depth their writing territories and what they can write about in their notebooks. I had 3 students even ask if they could take it home to write. I said if you have the inspiration to write then write.
Whatever you are be a good one.
After Labor Day my students will be required to write in their writer’s notebooks during class and at home. This is my first time doing this, so I hope it goes well. Seventh grade seems to be doing fine with thoughts to ponder on. I wonder if it is because I taught them last year how to respond to Literature with their response logs. I guess I’ll see later. This is possible inquiry.
This Week in Writing Workshop August 26, 2007
Last week I spent time teaching writing workshop procedures with my students. I have both 6th and 7th grades. I still did this with my 7th graders even though I taught them last year because I have new students and I bet some of them forgot over summer. I feel teaching procedures is crucial to success with writing workshop. I developed a power point that I showed my students. It includes what writing workshop is, what to do during workshop, and how to organize their writing binder. Their writing binder includes tools for them to use during writing workshop (rhyming words, common misspelled words, transitions, etc). We add to it as the year goes by.
I have planned this week’s writing workshop. I am excited and hope it goes smoothly.
Monday: personalize writer’s notebooks
Tuesday: celebrity writer’s profile-show Avi’s profile and mine- discuss what good writers do and write in writer’s notebook-students create their own profile and then display them on bulletin board and hallway
Wednesday: finish celebrity writer’s profile – type them
Thursday: discuss how to use writer’s notebook and what they may place into their notebooks- read from Ralph Fletcher’s book A Writer’s Notebook ch 1-explain (how I grade) rubric and class procedures for writer’s notebookwriter’s notebook handout – have them write their first entry from writing territory sheet
Friday: pretest on nouns- 2nd writer’s notebook entry from writing territory sheet
My celebrity profile August 21, 2007
I decided to use Stacey’s idea about the celebrity profile from Vopat’s book. Here is mine.
Name: Mrs. Neihoff
Brief Biographical Sketch: Mrs. Neihoff has taught at SMS for 7 years. She graduated from Austin Peay State University in May of 2000 and lives in Jackson, TN with her husband Tony. Mrs. Neihoff is a teacher consultant for the West Tennessee Writing Project and is currently working on teacher research in her classroom.
When did you start writing? I started writing avidly in the summer of 2005 when I attended the WTWP. I never realized until then that I could write and that other people would actually listen to what I had written.
What do you do to get ready to write? I think about it in my head and then jot it down in my writer’s notebook.
What are your favorite writing materials? I love to use black ink Bic pens or mechanical pencils on lined composition notebooks.
What do you do to put off writing? Well, most of the time when I have the urge to write, I write, but if I don’t want to write, I watch T.V., read, or sew.
What inspires you to write? I am inspired by quotes of what people have said, pictures, sunsets, what’s going on in my mind at the time, and nature.
If you had a pen name, what would it be? I don’t know if I would have one. I like my name.
What have you always wanted to write? Maybe one day I will write a children’s book or a book of poems.
I plan to use this with my 7th grade students.
Boy, do I feel frazzled! Today was the first full day of school. I seem to always forget that 6th graders come to me not knowing how to do simple things. We spent two class periods just organizing our notebooks and going over procedures. I had this one kid ask me “Do we have to go over each of these bullets(on the syllabus)?” I actually said, “Well, yes…have you ever been in my classroom before? You need to know how I do things.” Other than that incident the day went by smoothly. The first weeks of school are always so tiring b/c you have to go over and over procedures and rules. I am hoping that tomorrow I’ll get some writing in.
First Day August 20, 2007
The first day back was great! It was only a half day so tomorrow is the real test. I got a new student today too and not enough books. Oh well! The only thing that I am dreading is this long night without air conditioning–I wish I was still at school.
I’m Ready for the first day! August 19, 2007
Tomorrow I start my first day back to school. I am totally excited and can’t wait to be back in the classroom. I have planned a writing activitiy with my students and would like to share it with you. I got the idea from the book The Playful Way to Serious Writing by Roberta Allen. This book is great! I encourage you to check it out for you to use in your classroom or for yourself. Check out what I am going to do! I hope you can use it in your classroom!
Writing and Music August 18, 2007
Today was a fascinating day at UT Martin. I attended a writing workshop that infused the methods of music. The Caixa Percussion Trio came and demonstrated some awesome percussion pieces for us to hear. Who knew that 3 women could make some fabulous noise!The whole day evolved around writing and music. As a group we got to experiment with the different instruments. Caixa showed us many techniques that we can incorporate in our everyday classrooms. You don’t have to have expensive instruments ( who knew that dog toys could be instruments!) to make music. Many teachers presented various lessons that all teachers could use in their classrooms. I am now ready to start the school year off to a musical start!
Ready, Set… August 17, 2007
I so far have gotten ready and set for my first day of school. Today, I spent the whole day organizing my classroom. All I have to do now is get my lesson plans done and then I will be ready for GO! I can’t believe how exhausted I am. I am just glad my room is finished. I can’t wait until school starts Monday!