My name is Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, and I am a current fourth grade teacher, children's book author and writing teacher of over twenty years. As many students have been learning from home and many educators are seeking virtual teaching resources, last spring I wanted to offer something to young people and all wish or need to write a little during this time.
I welcome you to KEEPING A NOTEBOOK, a series of brief daily writing talks that began in the middle of March and ended at the end of June 2020. These talks are for everyone, and if you are very young, you might wish to write with an older person you love. Writing together is a gift.
You will find each video in the Padlet below my signature (click the box in the upper right to enlarge), and I welcome you to share these at home or at school. There are no ads, and I ask for nothing in return as I simply wish to share my love of writing and expression.
If you wish, you may read more my letter to families. Please feel free to print it from the link and to share it along if you wish.
You may find a chronological list of these camper chats here. Please know that each writing chat may stand alone and need not be viewed in order.
Much love to you and yours.
ps - Know that you can enlarge these videos by clicking the square in the lower right hand corner of each one.
Second Grade Teacher Mandy Robek shared these thoughts with me:
I’m learning remote learning is hard and rewarding. Each day I’m sharing these videos with my students for keeping our writing notebooks active via Seesaw. I’m getting video responses that are insightful about my students as writers and humans. They are reflective about Amy’s advice and try it on their own or take their writing in a new direction. I can just tell they feel empowered as writers in their video sharing.
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