I believe being a writer is one of the biggest gifts you can give to your students. ~ Stacey Shubitz
This month I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a space for me to share my corner of the world.
Notebooks. This word haunts me. It taunts me. It terrifies me because I want to live a writerly life, and I have this idea that "writers" keep notebooks. I have tried keeping them. I have tried many different kinds and sizes. I have tried narrow ruled, regular ruled, and blank ones. I have tried writing with fun, colorful pens and markers and colored pencils.
But I have failed each time. I think I need to toss out the window the expectation that it has to be perfect. Setting these expectation so high are only setting me up for failure.
There are so many metaphors for notebooks. One of my favorites is from Ralph Fletcher in his book, What is a Writer's Notebook? He tells a story about a ditch that was being dug at his house when he was a little boy. He describes his writer's notebook as,
"a ditch, an empty space that you dig in your busy life. A space that will fill up with all sorts of fascinating creatures. If you dig it, they will come. You will be amazed at what you catch there."
Well, I am digging my ditch once again. I want my students to keep a notebook, so I must model this important part of living a writerly life. This month I am going to share bits and pieces and pages from it with all of you.
Maybe this will turn my "haunts" into "hunts" and I just may be surprised at what I catch.
This heart map was inspired by Georgia Heard's book, Heart Maps and Shana Karnes at Learning, Love, and Literature.