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7th grader Nico wrote three haikus as one poem: we call these "tri-kus" in my class.  His poem honors the "Duck of Death," which is the quacking noise my timer is set to make on my iPhone. The "Duck of Death" tells you to kill that sentence you're on with a period because we are about to move on.  Nico won a "Mr. Stick of the Year" award for this humorous tribute to that evil duck.  My Mr. Stick resources are free to access at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

grader Nico wrote the original tri-ku (three haikus) in honor of my iPhone's "Duck of Death" call, which brings sacred writing time to a close.

My wonderful 7th grader Mackenzie wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook awards with this charming little story about the diabolical thievery of the world's mustaches.  THANKS, Mackenzie...your creativity is amazing.  Check out my Mr. Stick resources at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

My wonderful 7th grader Mackenzie wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook awards with this charming little story about the diabolical thievery of the world's mustaches. THANKS, Mackenzie...your creativity is amazing. Check out my Mr. Stick resources at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

6th grader Donovan wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook awards with this illustrated, on-going story he's been working on.  It's written in pencil, so it's a bit hard to read, but you can zoom in if you click on the image!  THANKS, Donovan, for keeping such a wonderful, bacon-inspired writer's notebook all year.

6th grader Donovan wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook awards with this illustrated, on-going story he's been working on. It's written in pencil, so it's a bit hard to read, but you can zoom in if you click on the image! THANKS, Donovan, for keeping such a wonderful, bacon-inspired writer's notebook all year.

7th grader Ethan's TV show-inspired notebook page has won him a "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook award. There are actually SEVEN "TV show" panels that can be changed interactively to fit inside the TV screen frame he created, so you can change the channels with this notebook page! Use this link to see all seven panels: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612669433006/

7th grader Ethan's TV show-inspired notebook page has won him a "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook award. There are actually SEVEN "TV show" panels that can be changed interactively to fit inside the TV screen frame he created, so you can change the channels with this notebook page! Use this link to see all seven panels: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612669433006/

I appreciated this lovely note from Emily, which launched her new 8th grade notebook.  Emily was one of my best vocabulary collectors in 7th grade, and she remains so as an 8th grader.  Learn about my students' vocabulary collecting expectations: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

I appreciated this lovely note from Emily, which launched her new 8th grade notebook. Emily was one of my best vocabulary collectors in 7th grade, and she remains so as an 8th grader. Learn about my students' vocabulary collecting expectations: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

6th grader Susy wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" awards with this entry she's been working on during the last month of school.  Susy says, "Read the right-hand page first."  I love that she is remembering the school year through music.  THANKS, SUSY!

grader Susy wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" awards with this entry she's been working on during the last month of school. Susy says, "Read the right-hand page first." I love that she is remembering the school year through music. THANKS, SUSY!

This one deserves to be zoomed in on, so make sure you click the image and look at the details 7th grader Dylan added to create this "Mr. Stick of the Year" award-winning page!  Dylan created his own version of the board game Operation, using Mr. Stick and a lot of puns.  THANKS, Dylan--I will miss your creativity next year.  Learn more about Mr. Stick at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

This one deserves to be zoomed in on, so make sure you click the image and look…

6th grader--Morgan's--memories of the school year with me.  This was an entry for my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook challenge: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

6th grader--Morgan's--memories of the school year with me. This was an entry for my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook challenge: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

6th grader Jacqueline wins one of ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook awards for this two-page spread she's been working on during this last month of school. I tell the kids the writing is more important than the Mr. Stick art when they ask about my judging criteria. Here's a great example of good writing accompanied by a simple, small Mr. Stick presence.  THANKS, Jacqueline.  Check out my Mr. Stick stuff online: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

grader Jacqueline wins one of ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook awards…

Our 8th graders have a special category in the "Mr. Stick of the Year" contest because of our three-day trip to San Francisco.  If they "Mr. Stick-ed" their best memories.  Sarah put a lot of work into this page.  I just love the idea of her finding this page 5 or 10 years from now and having that whole trip come back to her: This was an entry for my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook challenge: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

Our graders have a special category in the "Mr. Stick of the Year" contest…

Wow!  6th grader Mimi blew me away with this two-page spread dedicated to Barbies that don't sell well. This totally deserved a "Mr. Stick of the Year" award.

grader Mimi blew me away with this two-page spread dedicated to Barbies that don't sell well. This totally deserved a "Mr. Stick of the Year" award.

Teach your students to reread their writer's notebooks so they can highlight writing they want to write more about! http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Jen-Bengel

Teach your students to reread their writer's notebooks so they can highlight writing they want to write more about!

7th grader Savannah's memory of me and how I'm pretty "tongue in cheek" with her classmates won her a "Mr. Stick of the Year" award.    I love how in her picture, you can see my Sacred Writing Slide (http://corbettharrison.com/products.html#SWT) behind me on the Smartboard.

grader Savannah's memory of me and how I'm pretty "tongue in cheek" with her…

AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS...8th grader Jacie must have spent hours polishing this entry for our annual "Mr Stick of the Year" writer's notebook contest.  Jacie is reflecting on her school year here, and she is paying tribute to me and the other four teachers on our team who have loved having her as our student. I will make sure her other teachers end up with a color copy of this beautiful page from a beautiful writer and a beautiful thinker.  Thanks, Jacie.  We will miss you too.  :-)

AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS...8th grader Jacie must have spent hours polishing this entry for our annual "Mr Stick of the Year" writer's notebook contest. Jacie is reflecting on her school year here, and she is paying tribute to me and the other four teachers on our team who have loved having her as our student. I will make sure her other teachers end up with a color copy of this beautiful page from a beautiful writer and a beautiful thinker. Thanks, Jacie. We will miss you too. :-)

Sometimes I make it into my students' vocabulary workshop assignments as a character.  Notice how the whiteboard acknowledges that I am "always write." Check out my vocab resources here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

Sometimes I make it into my students' vocabulary workshop assignments as a character. Notice how the whiteboard acknowledges that I am "always write." Check out my vocab resources here: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

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