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Confronting Print Barriers in the Writing Workshop and Leveraging Loose Parts

There are many reasons and many ways to make writing in our classrooms and workshops. And there are many things that should give us pause here, too.  For instance, if […]

Writing Isn’t Print.

“I miss my house,” she told me. “I came here from Puerto Rico with my family, after the storm.” I nodded and laid my eyes on her build. “I never […]

Why I’m Going to Hustle Hard in this New Year

  I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my purpose lately. In September, my nest emptied. I miss my kids, but anyone who knows me well knows that I […]

Reggio Reflections: Complexity and Contemporaneous Activity

Dr. Diane Kashin was the first to challenge my thinking about pre-cut materials and activities. My study tour of Reggio Emilia schools deepened my understandings as well. This week, I’m reflecting on […]

It’s Here! Hacking the Writing Workshop is Now Available at a Discount to My Subscribers

This morning, I’m thrilled to announce that my new book, Hacking the Writing Workshop: Redesign with Making in Mind, is now available. I’ve also asked my publisher, Mark Barnes, to […]

Make Writing: A Webinar for the Saskatchewan School Library Association

Greetings to all who plan to join me on Tuesday, November 7th for a quick conversation about making and writing and learning from our students! If you’re interested in participating […]

Five Emergent Curriculum Design Practices that Give Writers More Control of the Workshop

Each new year in the writing workshop begins with relationship building. We establish routines and rituals that establish predictability and trust. We sink into conversations and writing experiences that help […]

Synthesis and the Sticky Note: Reflections on Emergent Curriculum Design

In recent years, I’ve learned that it’s not enough to have vision. In order to make it a reality, we must define the learning targets that will help us achieve […]

Emergent Curriculum: How Might We Design a Vision that is Truly Shared?

Last week, I shared some thoughts about emergent curriculum design and specifically, the important role that constraints might play in getting it right. In my experience, how we pursue vision […]

Emergent Curriculum: The Power of Constraints

  Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to work through the design process and contemplate the relationship between making and writing with a brilliant group of teachers in Atlanta, […]