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Deepening Our Relationship with Reflection: Prompts for Writers

How often do you invite the writers you support to reflect, and for what purposes? In my experience, it’s common for teachers to place reflective work at the end of […]


Peer Review and Publishing Opportunities for Emerging Writers

On the first two Wednesdays of every month, I get to hang out with some of the friendliest and most talented writers in Buffalo. These meetings of our adult writing […]


Writing IS Making: 5 Big Discoveries That Transformed My Teaching

I founded the WNY Young Writer’s Studio eight years ago. A community of writers and teachers of writing, Studio is a place where writers of all ages and experience levels […]


Reflect Before, During, and After Writing With This Helpful Tool

Many say that the mini-lesson is the heart of writer’s workshop. I’ve always felt that reflection is equally important, though. Perhaps more so. Coaching writers to reflect is tough stuff, […]


Get Your PreK-2 Kids Writing With These 6 Quick Lessons

This chart often takes center stage in the primary classrooms I coach in. Drawing is writing at any level, but this is especially true in pre K-2 classrooms. Each point […]


Peer Review: 5 Tips and a Bunch of Tools to Make It Work When It Doesn’t

When writers trust that they can consistently receive high quality feedback from their peers, everything changes. Rather than relying on the teacher, kids begin turning to one another for support. […]


Organizing the Writer’s Notebook: Four Powerful Sections

This year marks my twentieth year keeping notebooks with writers. I’ve only been satisfied with the quality of our notebook keeping for about two years though. This is how that […]


Six Ways to Create a Great Writer’s Notebook Cover

“A notebook is a very special thing,” I told them. “It’s so special that we should take care to plan the cover carefully. No pictures of pizza please, and don’t […]


Four Ways to Write Inside One Small Moment: A Tool to Support Tinkering

I designed this document yesterday for intermediate level teachers who are leading their students through a narrative writing unit. It includes the best of what we all know about adding […]


Proponents of Joseph Campbell’s monomyth argue that this basic pattern underpins most narratives and that when writers deepen their understanding of this structure, they are often better able to craft […]