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Narrative as a Vehicle for Centering the Writer in the Workshop

Alignment matters. Defining the standards we expect students to meet, making them accessible to the kids we serve, and assessing and supporting progress toward them–this matters. Much. I’m not merely […]

Seeing Ourselves, Seeing Others: Creating a More Inclusive Writing Workshop Environment

I’d just wrapped a mini-lesson on using evidence to support a claim. The writers that filled up the room were shifting away from our meeting spot and toward the back […]

The Cure for Apathy

“If we want to understand better the complex world of the classroom, and if we want our scholarship to have an impact on the work of teachers, it’s important we find […]

Research and Information Writing: A Play-Based Approach in Kindergarten

Last week, I had the great fortune to coach research and information writing in Melanie Jones’s kindergarten class at John T. Waugh Elementary School in Lake Shore, New York. We […]

That Kid

You know that kid: The one who walks wearily into the room, throwing himself into a seat and casting his eyes at the clock, the window, and the door. He’s […]

Facilitating Learning Through Organizational Story Writing

This post is the third in my organizational story writing series. In the first post, I defined the form and shared ten reasons why organizational story writing matters.  Then, I introduced a […]

Organizational Story Writing: Leading a Listening Session

Jackie James Creedon shares a map of future soil testing sites in western New York State.   Jackie James Creedon is the founder of Citizens Science Community Resources, an organization […]

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 […]

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A 5 Step Process for Revising Bit by Bit

During conversations with teachers last week, one mentioned how overwhelming it is to move writers through the revision process and how, all too often, what comes from the effort is […]

The Maker Movement Manifesto: Rules for Innovation in the World of Crafters, Hackers, and Tinkerers

There are so many implications for educators who work at all levels of the system here. Hatch inspired me as much as he pushed my thinking. Great weekend read! Some […]