Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies that Turn Writers Workshop into a Maker Space


Guess what? I wrote a book! That’s right: Make Writing: 5 Teaching Strategies that Turn Writers Workshop into a Maker Space debuted Friday and quickly became an Amazon Best Seller. A big […]

Five Stars for the Common Core: How Would You Design a Review?


We’re years into daily debate about the Common Core, and just this week, Commissioner Elia invited feedback on the Common Core Learning Standards through this survey, conducted by the New York […]

The Teach Kindness Project: 52 Ways to Make a Colleague’s Day

In case you’ve missed it, Mark Barnes launched a pretty fabulous education app this month. Hack Learning puts solutions to some of our greatest classroom challenges right in the palm […]

Three Moves Learners Should Make Visible

I’ve learned a great deal about visible learning and documentation beside the teachers I’ve supported this year. Rather than lifting and dropping a handful of previously conceived best practices into […]

Six Things to Think About as You Establish Habits of Documentation

To question or not to question? That’s where teachers I work with begin using Grounded Theory to study and document visible learning. Are you about to embark on your own […]

Design Better Interventions for Your Students by Dumping Your Guiding Questions

This post continues a conversation that I started last week about visible learning, documentation, and the use of Grounded Theory methodologies. My thinking and work has evolved over time, in […]

Five Ways to Make Learning Visible

  As teachers prepare to help students make learning visible and document what is revealed, I’ve noticed that the pace of our preparation work typically stalls in the same places […]

Not Sure Where to Begin Documenting Visible Learning? Try a Design Sprint

This week, I had the good fortune to meet with a small group of teachers, administrators, curriculum directors, and professional learning facilitators at Erie 2 BOCES. We spent the day […]

Chatting with Judge Penny Wolfgang About the Common Core and the WNY Young Writer’s Studio

Last week, Judge Penny Wolfgang invited me in to her studio at Entercom Communications to chat about the WNY Young Writer’s Studio, the Common Core Learning Standards, and the influence […]

Using Grounded Theory and Documenting Learning Made Visible: 8 Steps in a Recursive Process

The WNY Young Writer’s Studio is a community where children and teachers learn beside one another. Now in our eighth year, our professional development model has evolved significantly since we […]