I have actually had this book for awhile and read the first couple of chapters already and have now started to reread. I dabbled with the Writer's Notebook last year with my fifth grade class and found that it really took a life of its own and did indeed become a treasure for my students.
I have attempted to live like a writer myself in that I try to find the beauty or symbolism in everything around me. The problem is I haven't really taken the time to write as much as I reflect. I don't know, it's all about balance right? So this summer I have decided to start my own Writer's Notebook that I intend to share with next years group of students.
What a Writer's Notebook anyway? Well, according to Aimee:
The purpose of a notebook is to provide a place for students to practice writing. It's a place for them to generate text, find ideas, and practice what they know about spelling and grammar.This book seems to hold promise and is filled with little gems that grabs you and won't let go. For instance, here is a line from page 7 that has me hooked for this summer's little writing experiment:
I now realize what writers have been trying to tell us "nonwriters" - that we shouldn't write for significance, but rather that we should write as a habit. Sometimes we'll write something significant and sometimes we won't. It's the act of writing-the practice of generating text and building fluency-that leads writers to significance.
Keeping a notebook isn't something you "get." It's not a science, there is no one right way. Keeping a notebook is a process. It's something that "gets" you- leads you from one thought to another until you, too, experience the writer's joy of discovering something you didn't know you knew.Fantastic ... So, I have purchased a journal and have begun the process and there is something very comfortable about writing on paper these days.