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Notebook Know-how August 29, 2008

Filed under: Writer's Notebook — kw75900 @ 12:03 am

I really like this book so far. I think it gives a different side of writing that you wouldn’t think of. I always hated writing because all we did was grammar and write sentences. It was never stuff that we wanted to write about or learn, so I never really enjoyed writing. Now that I am older though I am starting to enjoy writing a lot. I love writing stories and songs. Writing helps me get out what is going on with me that day or how I am feeling that day.

I think the purpose of the writer’s notebook is to get children to write. I think it helps us learn how to write, but in a fun way. I think the writer’s notebook also let’s you express yourself without feeling stupid or ashamed. The writer’s notebook is you and your personality. No one is telling you what you have to write about, it is all you.

My goal as a teacher of writing is to let my student’s express themselves without being scared too. This how they can talk about experiences and how they are feeling today, without being told that is wrong you can’t write that. I want my student’s to feel comfortable about writing as well.

I really liked how the author launched the notebook in the class. I really liked that she was telling her students’ that she was writing in her notebook stories about them. This intrigued the students to want to share their stories and since they didn’t have time to tell their own, they could write it down in the notebook.

The organization of the notebook I think needs to be how the child can understand it and find things. Yes, you might want to read some entries from their notebook, but you don’t need to be the one to organize the book. I think the child should do that, so they can find their favorite entries on their own. If you wanted to help the students with the organization, you could do what the author did by telling them to use paper clips or post it notes.


Me Map August 28, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — kw75900 @ 11:48 pm

My name is Karen Wolski. I was born on September 10, 1986. I was born in Saratoga Springs, NY. My whole family is from the North and we moved down to South Carolina when I was 4 because my dad was in the Navy. When he got out of the navy we moved to Hickory, NC and have lived there ever since. I have a younger sister, Nicole, who is 19. I have two dogs named Odie and Snoopy. Odie is my dog and is 1 1/2 years old. He is a tri-color Australian shepherd/Basset Hound mix. Snoopy is my parents’ dog. He is a brown and black beagle mix and is 5 years old. In my free time I love hanging out with my friends and family.





What I like:

I like sports. My favorite sport is Football. My favorite teams are the Green Bay Packers and Appalachian State Mountaineers. I like sports because I get to spend time with my dad and we watch the games together.

I love to travel. I love traveling because every summer when I was growing up my grandparents would take my sister and I for 2 weeks with our cousins and we would get to explore different places. Each summer we would go somewhere new like Canada, Hawaii, North and South Dakota. I still love to travel to new places. Hopefully one day I can go to Europe and Australia.

My Grandfather and I in Canada

My Grandfather and I in Canada

I like reading. My favorite books are the Harry Potter books. I have read all 7 of them and I have seen all the movies that have come out so far. I like Harry Potter because it really opens a child’s imagination and can take you places you could only imagine.

I love music. I love just singing and dancing it puts me in a good mood.

I love snow. I love snow because I get to go sledding and school is usually out for the snow. I love building a snowman and catching snowflakes on my tongue. I love snowball fights with my friends. I also like watching the snowfall from the sky, while drinking hot chocolate because it is cold outside.

What I dislike:

I hate bananas. I don’t like bananas because I think they smell funny and the texture of a banana just taste really funny to me. Sometimes they can be really mushy and I really don’t like that.

I hate spiders. I don’t like them because they are really tiny and can crawl on you with out you knowing about it. They scare me.

I don’t like when it is icy outside. I don’t like it because I am clumsy and I fall a lot on the ice and I can get hurt.

I don’t like when my food touches. If my food touches and it doesn’t go together I won’t eat it.

I don’t like clowns.

What I look like:

I have brown hair.

I have green eyes, with brown around the center. When I was little though until very recently I had brown eyes. I can describe my eyes as being day and night. One minute they will be green with brown and the when my mood changes they can be a light green with red

I am 5’7 with an average build.

How I act (personality):

Clumsy- I am very clumsy. I walk into walls, tables, and trip over mats. I don’t mean too. It just happens.

Imaginative- I say that because I write stories. I use my imagination a lot when thinking of new ideas.

Reserved- I am kind of quiet and I keep to myself when you first meet me. After I open up though I am very energetic and crazy.

Energetic- I have a lot of energy and I get excited over the littlest things.

What you should know about me:

I love my family and friends. With out them in my life I would not know what to do.

I love board games and puzzles.

I am very hopeful. I like having a lot of hope in things, even though it seems like hope is lost.

I am a very loyal person. I will always be there for my friends no matter what. I am not the type of person to turn my back on my friends and people I know.


Hello world! August 27, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — kw75900 @ 3:48 pm

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