Four Lessons About Writing that I Learned from Makers

When I’m asked to get specific about what it means to MAKE writing, I often find myself sharing stories that underpin four of the largest lessons I learned from watching […]

Make Writing: A Webinar for the Saskatchewan School Library Association

Greetings to all who plan to join me on Tuesday, November 7th for a quick conversation about making and writing and learning from our students! If you’re interested in participating […]

Making and Writing: Get Beyond the Gimmicks

This month, I’ll be celebrating the second birthday of Make Writing, the little book that could. When I wrote it, I never imagined that I would get to meet and […]

Five Emergent Curriculum Design Practices that Give Writers More Control of the Workshop

Each new year in the writing workshop begins with relationship building. We establish routines and rituals that establish predictability and trust. We sink into conversations and writing experiences that help […]

8 Ways to Begin Co-Designing Workshop Curriculum with Writers

Here’s what I’ve learned so far: Emergent curriculum design isn’t a free-for-all. It’s not about evading standards–our own, or those that our state mandates. Emergent curriculum may be co-designed with students, […]

Synthesis and the Sticky Note: Reflections on Emergent Curriculum Design

In recent years, I’ve learned that it’s not enough to have vision. In order to make it a reality, we must define the learning targets that will help us achieve […]

Affinity Maps Support Curriculum that is Co-Designed with Kids

If you read my earlier post on establishing a shared vision ahead of emergent curriculum design work, then you’ll be better prepared to consider today’s post. Shared targets help learners […]

Emergent Curriculum Design: Beginning with Shared Vision

“We imagine a school in which students and teachers joyfully stretch themselves to their limits in search of projects built on their own visions, not one that merely succeeds in […]

Emergent Curriculum: How Might We Design a Vision that is Truly Shared?

Last week, I shared some thoughts about emergent curriculum design and specifically, the important role that constraints might play in getting it right. In my experience, how we pursue vision […]

Emergent Curriculum: The Power of Constraints

  Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to work through the design process and contemplate the relationship between making and writing with a brilliant group of teachers in Atlanta, […]