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Once a week each of my students write to me in our dialogue journals. They can ask or tell me anything. They write in a marble copybook that is kept in their desks. I reply after school on the same day that they write so feedback is immediate. The students get to talk privately and personally with the teacher. It promotes writing for a purpose and sometimes is therapeutic for them. When I reply, I model correct grammar and spelling so they learn incidentally. A couple of years ago a former student wrote me a letter five years after I taught her. Her letter told of cleaning out her closet and finding her dialogue journal. She said, “I sat down and read all the way through it. I got in trouble for not finishing the cleanup, but I also got a lot of neat memories. I'm sure glad you did this with us.”


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