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What Type of Notebook To Use and Why

 

What’s in the video

  • All the specs your students need for their Writer’s Notebooks (of course, you should feel free to use whatever will get you and your students the most value for your time and effort).
  • Writing is complex, so keeping things as simple as possible will help our students.
  • Make sure there is room for comments in your students’ Writer’s Notebook.
  • Why you should have your students personalize their notebooks.

What’s in the video

  • All the specs your students need for their Writer’s Notebooks (of course, you should feel free to use whatever will get you and your students the most value for your time and effort, but I think I make a pretty good case for we should all use).
  • Writing is complex, so keeping things as simple as possible will help our students.
  • Make sure there is room for comments in your students’ Writer’s Notebook.
  • Why you should have your students personalize their notebooks.

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11 thoughts on “LESSON 1

  1. We use college-ruled in my classroom, but I’m flexible. Students can choose wide-rules if the want.

    I also allow different kinds of notebooks (not spirals, though) because there are so many choices out there that work. I personally love using a hardback notebook that has 200 pages (although, I can’t find another one like it right now).

    Thanks for the mention!!

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  2. This if off topic with the notebooks, but I’ve found Flair pens to be very useful for our writer’s workshop. Black for drafting and blue for revisions

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  3. I have tried to use college-ruled in the past, but am going in with wide-ruled this year. The link to JJ_Burry’s post about decorating is also very helpful. I have not had them decorated in years and I want to go back to it with my 10th graders this year!

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  4. I am all-in with college-ruled paper and in the importance of student ownership. I think my 9th and 10th graders will love decorating and will learn to appreciate the writer’s notebook.

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    1. I have the capacity to do that at my site with laptops in my classroom, but I find that students will lose out in a few ways.

      First, there is more memory in writing by hand. Physically writing carries more weight and people recall their writing with more clarity.

      Another reason, the students have actually built something over the year. They are truly impressed with themselves when they fill up a composition book with their words. They can see everything they did, touch their accomplishments.

      Finally, when I need them to remember something from notes, the page loads are instantaneous. They don’t have to fumble about through lengthy files or folders to retrieve information.

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