Just from the first 15 pages, I really like the idea of writer’s notebooks. While I do not spend a lot of time free writing now, there was a time when I really enjoyed writing poetry, and even once, in middle school, I wrote my own book. As stated in the reading, the purpose of writer’s notebooks is a starting point of “writer’s workshops.” The writer’s notebook is a place where students can put their personal thoughts and ideas on paper. It is a resource they can use throughout the writing process to bank ideas and go back to them later and choose, edit, and improve selected pieces.
As a future teacher of writing it is my goal to get my students to a point where they realize that writing is more than just a prompt based test and that it can be used in many forms, such as, essays, poems, etc., to relay a lot of information and even emotion. I want writing to be a subject that my students enjoy and even look forward to. I also hope that I can make my students into good writers who use proper grammar and such. I hope that my students will explore many different forms of of writing and find one that best suits them so that they will enjoy it more.
As for launching the writer’s notebooks, I really liked the idea used in the book, especially for elementary aged kids. Almost always, when one student has a story to tell, the rest follow closely behind. I can see myself launching writer’s notebooks much the same way.
In the way of organization, I would reserve the notebooks strictly for the students own writing. I might ask that they keep notes in a separate notebook for referral. I like the idea of keeping the work in a bound notebook so that things cannot be removed. For future drafts of those works, they could re-copy by hand or even photo copy their original works.