Instructional Openings

Opening Journal Warm-Up

While I often use a Google Form survey or an opening conversation to start class and set the tone, there is also tremendous value in having students write their individual thoughts in their Writer's Notebooks. Ours is a mostly paperless classroom despite the fact that it is an English class, so these pen-to-paper moments are significant ones. Students understand that these journal entries are silent reflections meant to put them in the frame of mind needed for the day's lessons. 

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Student Work Sample
Students really get to express themselves via their notebooks. The notebook has a culture of its own.
Student Work Sample
Students really get to express themselves via their notebooks. The notebook has a culture of its own.
Johanna Paraiso
Fremont High School Oakland
Oakland, CA


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English / Language Arts
Twelfth grade
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