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How Might We Design an Emergent Curriculum for the Writing Workshop?

Over the several years, I’ve had the opportunity to begin designing emergent curriculum with several different groups of writing teachers. Last week, our journey continued as we began to embrace […]

A Matrix for Designing Rich Learning Experiences

Consider complexity:   Now, distinguish it from richness:   I’m wondering….. ….about the relationship between complexity and richness. ….about the pursuit of complexity at the expense of richness. ….how complexity might […]

MAKING a Writing Workshop Unit with Design in Mind

On Tuesday, I shared a visual intended to help teachers conceptualize the whole of a writing workshop year before sharing a unit framework that middle level teachers might use to […]

Launching a Workshop Unit by Rooting Writers in Empathy

  It was empathy that drew me to design thinking. The notion that creative people might best begin their work by seeking to understand the needs of their audiences was […]

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 […]

Teaching the Hero’s Journey

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 […]

Implementing the Units of Study: A Chart to Support Your Grade Level Debrief

    This year, I’m supporting teachers across several districts as they work to implement the new Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Text created by Lucy Calkins […]

Charting the Anatomy of a Quality Mini-Lesson

This chart was designed for yesterday’s session with intermediate level teachers who are just beginning to implement writer’s workshop. They are unpacking the Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and […]

Gamestorming to Infer

  This photo captures the thinking behind the most inspired moment of my week. I spent yesterday Gamestorming with a group of local English teachers in order to surface, prioritize, […]