It is the beginning of August. Have you chosen your writer’s notebook? If not, do not make another move until you have made a commitment to the notebook you will treasure during your writing life this school year. It is important for you to have your own notebook so that you can write alongside your students. You will not only model writing, but also show the struggles that writers face. This will help your students to see that you identify with them. When you write, it will help you to understand some of their writing difficulties and together work through the challenges. I have found that when I do this, I am able to share my writing with my students from a place of real understanding. You will be able to do the same!
Now, it is important that you carefully choose your notebook. Do you like a spiral bound book? Do you like lined or blank pages? Do you like a plain or printed cover? Do you want to cover a notebook the same way your students will? Do you want a large, medium, or small notebook? What kind of notebook will help to pull you into writing?
Once you start to think about your writer’s notebook, you will start to think about some kind of writing instrument. Are you going to use pens, pencils, or markers? Maybe you will use all of them! How will they feel in your hand? How do you want them to move across the page? How do you want the words to look on the page?
As you can see, a lot of thought can go into choosing a notebook. You might decide that you do not want to put so much thought into choosing a notebook and that is okay; but I want to encourage you to try as hard as you can to have something that you will treasure and that your students will know that you treasure.