Sunday, July 8, 2012


August 13 (first day with students) is looming on the calendar.  So I've started working on before school projects ( and not just pinning, blog stalking, and thinking).

1.  I use composition notebooks for a lot of subjects.  This year there will be a notebook for

  • spelling words
  • reading responses 
  • writing workshop
  • calendar writing 
2.  This post is about the calendar writing.  In the past I've had the weekly writing journal assignment a response from the reading series we use.  Since I don't always use a story a week (don't tell my principal), I sometimes, in the past had trouble with ideas.
  • This year I'm using Busy Teachers Cafe monthly writing ideas for this journal.
  • On the front of this journal I've made a label with specific directions.
  • With a month's worth of writing choices, I'm hoping this helps with differentiation and better responses.


  1. I also need to stop pinning, blog hopping, downloading and get down to business, lol! Looks like you are on your way!

  2. I dropped by to check out your blog and I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger award! I love your blog….thanks for sharing it with us! Drop by my blog to pick up your award and get the rules….:) ~Vicky

  3. I love your blog! I thought I would share with you what I am doing in 6th grade with composition books. I have a daily warm up on the board every morning. Last year we used composition books for this, but what I found out was that there was a tremendous amount of wasted paper. So~this year I bought composition books and had them cut in half at Kinkos. (Total cost about 6 bucks, they can do 6 at a time.) Now, some teachers have told me Home Depot will cut them for free, but after visiting two and being looked at like I had lost my mind, I went to Kinkos.
    I like your idea of giving them a choice for their writing!