I just sat down after a long day; family, teaching, family - makes me think of a sandwich and I actually sat here contemplating about writing and elaborating on the sandwich idea but it wasn't coming easily to me. I tried to brainstorm a list of different sandwiches my day could be but realized it would depend on the type of day I was having. Was it sticky so it would be peanut butter or was it fresh veggies filled with new ideas or maybe heavy in thought with roast beef and melted cheddar cheese. Then I realized I had the same dilemma with family representing the bread and that would probably depend on how our day was going interacting with each other. Realistically, we all know families can't be classic Wonder bread every moment. Which brings me back to the title of this piece, my notebook. For 31 days, we were partners and teamed up quite nicely. I found gathering ideas and drafting pieces of writing made my blogpost composition go faster and was easier. Tonight I'm writing without my notebook and maybe that's why my sandwich comparison is a bit jumbled. I did feel like my notebook was an important tool to use for 31 days and there was something about writing with a pencil on paper that felt right again.
I did a poetry lesson today during writing workshop and thought afterwards the work we did during our mini-lesson would have been great to house in a notebook rather than on single sheets of paper. One resource I am using suggests having students collect mentor text in a special folder but maybe I could copy smaller versions and these get placed in our notebooks. I love creating heart maps for showing students possible poetry ideas. In the past, we made them on large paper but what if we made them smaller and placed them directly on the covers of our notebooks, using clear contact paper to protect them and let them stick to the covers. We could make them larger though, photograph them and then adhere them to the covers of their new writer's notebooks.
It's interesting how I sat down to write about one idea and it took off in a different direction giving me some thoughts to ponder before tomorrow's writing workshop.
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