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Ten Questions that Will Help You Choose the Best Organizational Story Structure

This post is my fifth and last in a series about organizational story writing.  In the first post, I described the form and spoke about why organizational story writing matters.  […]

Ten Reasons Why Organizational Story Writing Matters

More and more often, I’m invited to work not only with school districts, but with other organizations that are interested in telling their stories. Stories matter. They center us. They […]

Make Writing Must-Haves for the Budget Conscious Teacher

  In Make Writing, I share the three layer design process that I’ve used each time I’ve set up my own makerspaces or helped school districts develop their own: First […]

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 […]

pedagogical documentation, document4learning

Documentation Tools: Five Considerations for a “Just Right” Fit

Pedagogical documentation enables us to capture learning made visible and assess our students’ strengths and needs without disrupting the learning process. One potential anecdote to the testing mess, documentation inspires […]

Documenting Learning in the Makerspace: A Peek Inside Our Process at Roy B. Kelley School

The Backstory: I’ve spent the last week helping Heather Bitka and Rachel O’Sheehan launch a brand new makerspace in Roy B. Kelley School in Lockport. This project began with solid […]

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 […]

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 […]

Data by Design: How Grounded Theory Methodology Reveals More About Learners Than Numbers Ever Will

I founded the WNY Young Writer’s Studio with two great intentions: First, I longed to create a lasting community where children could choose to write about the things that mattered […]