Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My Day in Notebook Entries

The school day moves quickly. If you are a teacher, you live that life daily. At the beginning of my sixth-grade classes, we spend a few minutes every day writing in our notebooks. We call it Sacred Writing Time. (In my notebook entries, you'll see my abbreviation, SWT.) It truly is a precious time to me and my students. Here are some blurbs from my entries on Tuesday. Judge for yourself. Do you spend any time writing with your students on a daily basis? If not, I urge you to try's life changing... 

Here's why I wrote, "I love Jessica"...

Spending the beginning moments of a class, writing together has so many benefits.

1. We live like writers. We show up to the page every single day.
2. Routine breaks down the resistance to writing.
3. We build ourselves as writers...word by word, sentence by sentence, page by page.
4. There's calm and quiet in the middle of chaos and pressure.
5. We learn to have faith that the words will come to us and the page will always be there.

Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers for this amazing platform to write and share writing! What a wonderful community you've created! I'm honored to be part of it. Join us at Two Writing Teachers.


  1. It is so so true that routines break down resistance to writing. I now have notes for posts through the end of March! The more you write the easier it gets~
    I sure hope this carries forth into the exercise challenge in April!

  2. What I love about what you share is you meet each writer where they are. Write from the heart is the message you convey. Let the thoughts flow. #3 of your list, that works for me. Really works. Thank you!

  3. What a treat this sacred writing time is. What we stick to daily shows our values. Writing has been a bit less visible in our class lately, lot of our focus has been on math.

  4. 👍🏻SWT Much better than do mows.

  5. It's a wonderful 'title' that SWT, and a great habit. I changed timing through the years, but several years we did start our writing the first thing in the am. Other times, it was after lunch. Three days a week, about half the class went to special math classes after lunch, so that meant the other half could write and I could get to everyone for a conference. Then mid-afternoon, switched. It worked well then too. Giving time for writing helped get the students, and me, going well into what they were doing/working on.

  6. I love this idea of Sacred Writing Time...and that you write with your students. Thank you for sharing this.


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