As I continue to work on my school homework and the Writing Center in my classroom, I come to a lot of realizations…
1. I’m pretty sure I failed my students when it came to teaching them crucial writing skills.
2. My reading lessons next year need to include more writing.
3. I WILL focus more on writing! (If I say it enough it’ll come true, right?)
I’ve tossed around the idea of giving my kiddos a class blog. They love using the computer, and I think it would encourage them to write– not to mention help them become more independent and excited to write!
But for the time being I will work on adding items to my Writing Center to help my students just sit down and write.
While I was on Pinterest I discovered “Whole Class Journals”. These are notebooks with one theme, like: Puppies. So everyone can choose to write in that specific journal whenever they feel like it– they just have to put their name/date at the top of their page– and make sure they return the journal– and make sure they stay on topic.
Anyway, I saw this cute idea to glue the prompts on the fronts of the notebooks to make organizing easy. But, you know me, it’s never as easy as it looks. I searched for printable journal covers… and failed. So I had my “ah-ha!” moment when I decided I could simply make it myself and share. So that’s what I did!
I really look forward to seeing what my kids come up with– I think they will enjoy reading them as a class! My favorite prompt is “What would you do if you were in the middle of a lake and your boat started to sink?” My kids can be very creative– I think there will be some funny answers.
Click on the image below to download the journal covers!
And to my non-teacher readers, thanks for sticking through this post (You’re the best!)