She thrives on the idea that teaching is about helping students develop intellectually, physically, and emotionally. Truly a smart book, especially for those teachers who spend more time teaching reading than writing. I could sense her enthusiasm as her students asked questions, fidgeted as she explained a concept, became engaged in the writing process, and developed a desire to become better writers. This compact guide is packed with lessons, tips, and samples of student writing to help teachers make the most of writers' notebooks, without sacrificing time needed for the rest of the literacy curriculum. Case in point: The dearth of explicit vocabulary and grammar instruction does not address or lessen the vocabulary gap between my students and hers; which I would argue is necessary in order to help my students be on par with hers. For these diverse writers, the journal also serves as an ideal forum to develop their writing voice, whether crafting fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
I read it fast because I found her ideas really useful and easy to apply to different nonfiction units. The writers give clear reasons for why they developed certain strategies, how to do it including a mini-script, in some cases , and goals and procedures. Helpful reproducible forms are included both in the book and as downloads online. Aimee Buckner is always entertaining and engaging, and her book will travel with you back and forth to work. Nonfiction, discover how to move your readers forward with in-class, actionable formative assessment. That is, the notions of expectations, responsibility, employment, and approximation can and are used in schools, but can be absent in their lives outside school; which in turn thwarts the best and well-intentioned efforts of teachers who serve lower socio-economic students, particularly if the latter come from generational versus situational poverty. This is a must-have for any teacher who wants to have students using a reader's notebook in a purposeful way that deepens understanding of reading strategies.
As Aimee explains, the prewriting work a student does is particularly important when writing informational pieces. Although the author primarily works with writing workshop in the elementary classroom, I could see how her methods for moving students through informational writing, like an All About Book, could work in the high school classroom. With strong ideas, they can write better first drafts. I was looking for guidance in using reading notebooks in the classroom to help with assessment formal and informal during reader's workshop. I'm not sure how I'd finance this requirement but I am certainly missing out on all the new and improved strategies in education of course, on the flip side, I'm also missing out on all the here today-gone tomorrow strategies as well. Greater emphasis on the front end of the writing process also saves time and energy at the revision and editing stages.
Thanks, Aimee, for the kernels. As you read each chapter, you notice that Buckner is a real teacher. It includes ideas that can be used alongside today's lesson or saved in your mental file cabinet. What works in a school setting can looks completely useless for life at large for our hardest to reach kids, as their world does not operate by the same rules, assumptions, means, and ends. I can't wait to use her ideas to start informational writing. This book wasn't exactly what I was looking for, however. Her book, , helped me to navigate through my first experience with a true Writers Workshop.
The E-mail message field is required. Author: Aimee Buckner Publisher: Portland : Stenhouse Publishers, 2013. But maybe that's me-I would love to observe this teacher in the classroom. What about the reluctant writers? In Notebook Know-How, Aimee Buckner provides the tools teachers need to make writers' notebooks an integral part of their writing programs. Some entries include sample journal entries that have since developed into published pieces. From exploring topics to gathering information to assessment, Nonfiction Notebooks takes teachers step-by-step through the process of how best to use notebooks for informational writing. In the process, the notebook becomes a bridge that helps students make connections between ideas, texts, strategies, and their work as readers and writers.
Some may call it a whole language approach, which I believe does not adequately serve lower socio-economic and English language learners as effectively as intended and implemented per se. I got some good ideas from this book, some that I really liked and some that I would definitely have to tweak to make work for me. With strong ideas, they can write better first drafts. Is fiction writing a thing of the past? Buckner's classroom, watching a great teacher in action. I know they're linked, but it just felt like Buckner fell back onto writing more about her personal strength teaching writing.
Using OneNote 2016 which is free on all devices , as well as the , writers can organize content they find in notebooks. I was hoping there would be more focus on pulling literary elements into the reader's notebook. Explore and share concepts at the intersection of teaching, learning, leading, and technology! It includes ideas that can be used alongside today's lesson or saved in your mental file cabinet. Specifically, it enables them to pull back the veil between that moment when ideas arise from the chaos when those ideas are shaped and informed by information and then blended into a draft of non-fiction writing. I will need to tweak some of her ideas to make them work with my philosophy about Like Aimee Buckner, I have often been frustrated with the poor quality of my students' reading response entries. Aimee continues to consult internationally.
She thrives on the idea that teaching is about helping students develop intellectually, physically, and emotionally. I could sense her enthusiasm as her students asked questions, fidgeted as she explained a concept, became engaged in the writing process, and developed a desire to become better writers. The authors provide a proven, 4-step process—lean in, listen to what readers say, look at what they write, and assess where they need to go next. This book shows teachers how to use mentor texts in an integrative approach for teaching both content and informational writing. This makes automating sharing of bookmarked student writing via simple and easy. Abstract: Aimee Buckner has introduced writer's notebooks to hundreds of classrooms through her popular book Notebook Know-How, thereby helping students everywhere learn to improve their overall writing by focusing on essential prewriting strategies.
Through the use of , and , student writing notebooks can become powerful ways to organize and share the work of writers in the classroom. I do not always agree with her approach, for example, I do not grade students' grammar, spelling, etc. Greater emphasis on the front end of the writing process also saves time and energy at the revision and editing stages. But Aimee has pushed me to use notebooks in more thoughtful ways. The writer's notebook helps her carve out a place in the curriculum to allow students to truly be themselves and find their own voice.
Models make the instructional strategies clear. While there are many tools for organizing our writing, + + make a winning combination for empowering students and teachers. A terrific resource to support the process of facilitating nonfiction writing. I would recommend this book to education colleges as required reading for students interested in teaching at any K-8 grade and any subject. Of course, there are other ways to accomplish this and those approaches are also worth exploring. This foundation is crucial as students continue to live in a world where new kinds of writing are appearing every day.