Yesterday was the first day of Teachers Write hosted at Kate Messner's blog. I was excited to see many of the participants from Slice of Life joining this writing event. This is my first year to participate and I'm looking forward to continuing to build my writing community. Today's post is a reflection of yesterday's conversation --- and a continued problem for me. I hope you can help.
Notebooks: The Beginning
It's been a little over ten years now since I trained to work as a literacy coach in my district. I often look back at that time, not just as training to be a literacy leader, but also a training in life. I learned many life lessons along the way and changed the way I do so many things. Our trainer at the time, Max Brand, taught me perhaps the most important lesson: not to TEACH literacy, but to LIVE literacy.
Life got busy every now and then, causing me to move away from my notebook, but I always came back. A few years ago, I found tech. Oh, tech. Yes, it changed my thinking yet again, but it took me away from my notebook. I was more likely to find a device in my hand than a notebook. I've written about this dilemma before. Yesterday, I read Kate's post about notebook, and I was catapulted right back to, perhaps, my greatest writing challenge: capturing ideas.
Writer's Notebooks. Going Digital)
- Find THE App!: My first goal is to find an app that works for capturing ideas. I need something that can have images, (links and voice would be a plus), tags, writing/drawing capabilities, can be linked (synced would be best) with Evernote (Evernote ALMOST WORKS, but it doesn't feel "journal-like" enough and it doesn't have drawing capabilities).
- Capture at Least One Idea a Day: During the summer it is easier to find time to write. I usually begin my day writing, but I'm not always as good about taking time to write down ideas and things I notice. I'm going to really work on this side of my writing.
- Figure Out the Role of My Notebook: Is there a point where I want to move ideas into my notebook? Are there certain types of writing that work best with a notebook (I'm wondering about poetry here)?
- Organize: I really need to figure out some way to organize, color code, prioritize --- do something with all of this thinking.
More About Notebooks
Have you seen Taylor Swifts commercial at the movie theaters. I honestly can't even tell you what product she's endorsing (sad for advertisers), but I'm fascinated with her notebook. Have you seen the way she is has it coded? I think you need to see it so I looked it up (now I know, Diet Coke).
Here are some of my favorite sites/posts about notebooks:
- Sharing Our Notebooks Amy LV hosts this site which is full of posts by published authors, illustrators, writers, and others willing to let us peek into their notebooks.
- Ralph Fletcher: Tips for Young Writers
- Kate Messner: Notebook Minilesson
- Ms. Haseltine's Crayons and Pencils: Writer's Notebooks 30 years of notebooks!
- MoJo Fingers: A Writerly Focus Uses for notebooks.
- Maria Caplin's Teaching in the 21st Century: Juggling Literacy More about the tech/notebook dilemma
- Mrs. McGriff's Reading Blog: Writer's Notebook Shares her love of notebooks.