Monday, September 5, 2011

You call it Labor Day? I call it "Last Day of Summer Freedom"

As I mentioned before, pretty much all of Michigan goes back to school on the day after Labor Day. Needless to say, today I am mourning the loss of summer and I'm also brimming with excitement for the start of the school year.

While I finished setting up my classroom on Thursday, I am still working on some last minute details from home. I am sitting here right now doing seating charts for all my classes, I'm writing out my lesson plans for this week, and the least mundane of my preparations, I finished decorating my writer's notebook for the school year.

This is one of my favorite activities I do with the kids during the school year. I get to see their personalities on the cover of a notebook and it always speaks to who they are when you look at their writer's notebook. Just look at the cover of my writer's notebook. What do you suppose it says about me?
Front cover
Back cover
Front inside cover
Back inside cover

I'm hoping that giving the students the opportunity to show their personalities on the covers of their notebooks that it will help inspire them to write more and it will give them more ownership over their writing because they feel like the notebook is theirs rather than just something I hand out to them at the beginning of the school year. 

So what would you put on the cover of your writer's notebook?


  1. This is such a great idea! I would have loved to do this to my boring notebook covers in school. I like that you have a giant strip of bacon on yours ;)

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  2. I have to say, I've been pretty bummed since Labor Day. It doesn't help that the temperature dropped about 10 degrees overnight. I don't even have school or know anyone that does. Yikes!

    I like your notebook. It definitely suits you. When I was a teen I used to draw these doodles that turned into weird creatures that looked like ugly monsters from a cute factory that blew up. (Okay...that makes me sounds REALLY weird). If I had to do this, that's probably what would I have all over it. Even now. Probably. Ha ha!