Platform and Personality: Helping Young Writers Raise Their Voices

I’ve spent a good portion of this year helping teachers unpack and design some pretty powerful writing experiences around this particular standard. I’ll admit that it’s my favorite. Sure, research […]

Integrating Making and Writing: Constraints, Complexity, and Connection


Integrating making and writing experiences may not seem very difficult, but in my experience, making this marriage worthwhile requires some careful planning. It takes nothing to dump a pile of loose […]

Three Ways to Ensure that Making Inspires Writing Time (Rather than Replacing It)


When Writers Make Integrating making with writing at the WNY Young Writers’ Studio has completely transformed our learning and work. Whether we’re writing about the things that we make or […]

Exploring the Connections Between Making and Writing: The Stone in My Shoe


“What is this?” Ava asked, pulling a fuzzy bit of string out of the tray that greeted the writers at her table. “I’m not sure,” I replied, teasing her a […]

Maker Moves in the Writing Workshop


“What’s a break it box?” Kevin asked, calling my attention to an overflowing black bin on the bottom shelf of our mobile makerspace. This five tier structure on wheels serves […]

Empathy Mapping, Brain Writing, and Teachers Who Tell Their Learning Stories


This spring, I had the opportunity to work with teachers from southern Erie and Cattaraugus Counties. Our initial sessions challenged teachers to define writers’ craft, the process, and the values and habits […]

Designing High Quality Writing Curricula


I’ve spent much of this school year designing writing curricula with primary, elementary, and middle school teachers in different schools throughout western New York. Our process is iterative: We don’t […]

Creating a Culture of Readers by Resolving Data Dilemmas

The opposite of faith is not doubt; it's certainty. --Anne Lamott

  This morning, I had the pleasure of speaking with local friends and teachers at the Niagara Frontier Reading Council’s Spring Brunch. Theresa Andrews invited me to chat about the […]

Studying Learning: A Quick Guide to Documentation, Reflection, and Analysis


On Friday, I’ll be working with students in the D’Youville School of Pharmacy, who are just beginning to develop habits of documentation, reflection, and qualitative data analysis. The document below […]

Want to Go Gradeless? Ten Ways to Avoid Drowning in Data

Love is blind, and far too often, our relationships with quantitative data remain unhealthy. Despite evidence to the contrary, too many of us still believe that grades provide insight and that […]