I can assure it does Ahh-mazing stuff, much of which I am still learning. If you do happen to have one and use it for the classroom, I would love to hear or see what you do with it. Since much of material is made with this angel, I can not share it because it is not on the computer obviously. But, I do have a document here and there that I will give (if you would like to have it).
I know there has been some talk about Reader's Notebooks lately on a few blogs and I thought I would share a document I put in the front of my sweeties notebooks. I have it in there notebook, pasted on the front cover, ready to go from day one- but they don't use it for awhile. I like to go through each response as a class after a read-aloud. Weekly I will choose 2 responses to focus on. After I read a story we will do a shared writing to answer one of them. After going through this bit we will put a green dot next to that response in our notebook meaning "it's a go"- they are able to use that one when responding to their reading on their own. I like to have them respond 1-3 times a week depending on their reading level and the stations they visit weekly (If they are a lower level reader they may spend more time with me in groups and we will do a lot of responding together, so they may only do it once a week).
This is the first time I have ever shared a document, so I am hoping a few things-
1. I am hoping it works (with fingers crossed).
2. I am hoping it is something usable for you.
3. I hope it lives up to the sharing standards :).
That may seem a lot to hope for, but I have faith. Click on the worm to check out this long awaited document.