Periodically, when I am feeling overwhelmed and am lucky enough to have a spouse, student teacher or other willing adult victim around, I enlist their help in reading and responding to the notebooks. I figure, it's always fun for the students to get a letter from someone other than their boring old teacher, and it also allows adults who might not necessarily have a chance to interact with children's writing in a meaningful way to do so.
This evening we had several people over for dinner, and then Tats and I were hoping to play hockey at the local rink.
Ahhhh... but the imposing stack of Reader's Notebooks that had been accumulating on my desk while I planned out my Point of View unit over the past several days at school was beckoning in a menacing voice.
So, I enlisted the help of all several of our dinner guests to each read and respond to a notebook or two, and then we went to play hockey!
Tomorrow morning, my students will get letters from a flight instructor, an e-bay specialist, a retired violinist from the TSO, a visiting Maritimer and a special ed teacher from another school.
A few of them will also get a letter from their boring, old teacher. Ha!