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Making Extended Metaphors to Elevate Writing

Last week, I shared some thoughts about how we might speak with makers about the things they create in our writing workshops, in order to help them improve their writing. […]

101 Ways Young Writers Might Publish for An Authentic Audience

I’m often asked what young writers can do to seek and connect with authentic audiences. Sure, writing for themselves, their friends, their family members, and their teachers might be rewarding, […]

A Few Quick Tips and Tools for Student-Led Writing Conferences

If you’ve been hanging out in the Building Better Writers Facebook group this month, then you know that I’ve been sharing daily posts intended to help teachers of all grade […]

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 […]

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 […]