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June 10, 2012

Journal Sharing

Do your students beg to share their journal writing or other writing?  Mine do!

I usually choose a few people each day to share something they've written and when sharing time is up there are moans and groans a plenty.

Some days we only have time for a quick share with a partner or partners.

Sharing is fun and powerful.

I created stickers that I give to the sharing child to put on that journal entry or writing piece.  I keep them in a place where they are easy to grab . . . Could it be a plastic drawer with a cute label?  Bingo!

After a while one dear child will usually go and grab me a sheet from the drawer as soon as I announce that is time for author's chair.

I print these on labels and voila!  I keep a variety in the drawer with different graphics.

After an author shares, I write the date on a sticker and the child sticks it to their writing piece.

Students can quickly see if they've already shared a writing piece and decide to share a piece again if they've done some revisions to their piece.

Take your pick.  Just click on the pictures to download.

for journal entries

for any writing

Do you do anything for kids who share their writing?  I'd love for you to share your ideas!



  1. Cute Idea! This could also help you keep track of who has shared too! Love it! Thanks for the awesome share!

    1. Yes, it's easy to see at a glance who shares and who doesn't. Although it's rare that a child doesn't want to share especially when we all clap and cheer or do some other silly celebration of their writing!

  2. Love the idea...and the stickers. That is one thing I know is important to do and I just do not make time for it :( My writer's workshop is 45 minutes and there are days where I think I could use twice as much time to do it all....the right way.
    Thanks for reminding me this is an important step!
    My Second Sense

  3. Great idea! I have a bunch of address labels that I don't use! :) Perfect!

    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

  4. I love this idea! I am so going to use it next year! I might make some that say "I love this entry," for when I am looking through their journal.


    1. Great idea! I have some that go with Six Traits writing that I use for when I am going through their writing. I'll share those another day.

  5. Love this idea Erika! It might also help encourage those kiddos that don't like to share out or are shy. Thanks for the idea!

  6. Great idea! Thanks for the printable!



  7. Super idea!! I'm trying to get more into daily journal writing next year! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  8. I love this idea! I have students share sometimes and the class claps or I have some students share what they thought was good about the writing. But I might incorporate stickers now. Thanks for sharing!
    First Grade Found Me

  9. I love your idea! I like to do a star - star - wish, after every share. The sharer calls on three students when he/she is done reading. The first two give a star (they say something positive about the story) and the last one gives a wish (something they wish the sharer would have done differently). Your star idea would go perfectly with this procedure.
    Lori (luvyorkies@gmail.com)
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

    1. Lori,
      I love that idea. I do something similar but I love the way you word it! Thank you for sharing.

  10. Love love love this idea! Definitely going to save these stickers for next school year :)


    Stories from Room 114

  11. Erika,
    I absolutely loved the fun energy in your post! I could just picture the children's enthusiasm for reading their journal entries to the class, the wonderful feeling of 'authorship' that comes with that, and the anticipation you create in the classroom for this activity. Plus the stickers to enhance those entries shared with the class. Just lovely, spontaneous, and fun. Oh, and very validating for the kids.

    I have chosen your post, Journal Sharing, for the #JournalChat Pick of the Day on 6/12/12 for all things journaling on Twitter; I will post a link on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, my blog and website Refresh with Dawn Herring, and in Refresh Journal, my weekly e-journal: http://tinyurl.com/7929r7h.

    #JournalChat Live is every Thursday, 5 EST/2 PST for all things journaling on Twitter; our topic this week is Your Work Journal: What You Did and Didn't Do! You're welcome to join us.

    Thanks again for sharing this inside view of your classroom with journal writing sharing as the focus.

    Be refreshed,
    Dawn Herring
    JournalWriter Freelance
    Host of #JournalChat Live and Links Edition on Twitter

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  13. These downloads are no longer available from Scribd without a premium membership. Any chance they may be available through another source? Such as your TN store?


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