Check out the following website: WritingFix
This website inspires me, and gives me valuable information and tools for teaching my students to be better writers. Yippee!! I have my students make Writer's Notebooks each year and most of them really prize them and enjoy writing in them. Of course I made my own Writer's Notebook to show as an example, and I occasionally wrote in it when the students wrote for modeling, but to tell the truth, my notebook hasn't been used that much...
So, this summer I bought my self an "at home" notebook to use and am challenging myself to write in it all summer, like a real writer should. I am hoping that sharing this with my students next year will be powerful -- I mean I have chosen to WRITE during my SUMMER VACATION - lol. I am working to keep all perfection out of my notebook, and just having fun with it.
I am also reading: "A Writer's Notebook" by Ralph Fletcher
and: "Live Writing" also by Ralph Fletcher
Ralph Fletcher gives so many tips on how to implement a Writer's Notebook and teach students to become better writers -- YEA!! Enjoy the summer and READ A BOOK to sharpen your teaching skills for the upcoming years and motivate you in whatever way you need :)