Inside notebooks — Stacey Shubitz

March 5th, 2012

We continue our peek into Stenhouse author notebooks this morning with a picture from Stacey Shubitz, coauthor of Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice.

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The content of my writer’s notebooks changes with the woman I am at any given time.  If you look back to my notebooks from ten years ago, they’re about a woman living in New York City preparing to become a teacher.  Five years ago my notebooks contained lots of entries about the children I was teaching and the man I was about to marry.  Today my writer’s notebooks are almost entirely dedicated to preserving snippets of family life with my husband Marc and our daughter Isabelle.  The one thing that is almost always the same, though, is that I favor spiral spined notebooks so I can easily write on the front and back of each page.

Isabelle has captivated me and my writing in a way nothing else ever has.  I love to write about her advancements, the things she babbles, the silly things she does, and the way she walks (er, crawls) through life.  Together with my camera, my writer’s notebook allows me to capture the most precious moments of her life right now.  Without my notebook, I would forget so many of the amazing things she does to make me smile, laugh, and delight in the person she is right now.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Linda Baie  |  March 5th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Nice to see, Stacey. Thanks for telling a little more about your life with a notebook!

  • 2. Mrs. V  |  March 5th, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    It’s fun to see the style of different notebook preferences. I wonder if Stacey’s students used spiral notebooks rather than composition books for writer’s notebooks as well.

    I had not really thought about giving students a choice before (parents pay a fee at our school and we buy their supplies). That might be something to consider, allowing them to explore and then decide whether they prefer composition style or spiral.

  • 3. Stacey  |  March 16th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    @Linda: My pleasure!
    @Mrs. V.: My apologies for not responding sooner. I didn’t realize this went up yet. In any case, I use spiral spined notebooks for everything: daily lists, writer’s notebooks, professional notes, etc. I love the Miquelruis notebooks and have more than I should admit to! (I think this comes out of being forced to use marbe notebooks for much of grade school. Once I was allowed to pick my notebook I never looked back.)

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