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Symbiosis and Structure: Two Thoughts About the Curse of the Empty Writer’s Notebook

“I love the idea of writer’s notebooks,” she sighed. “The problem is, my students begin using them with the best of intentions at the start of every school year, but […]

Why Every Teacher Needs an Inspiration Board

This inspiration board hangs on the wall right beside my desk. It’s become a catch all for ideas that are brewing, kindnesses paid by friends and students, and pictures that […]

Four Fabulous Virtual Writing Communities for Kids

Writers tend to be quietly reflective, and the ones that I work with will tell you that it can be hard to find company inside of their schools. Over the […]

Makerspaces for Writers: Three Layers of Design

Crafting quality writing curricula that provides writers just enough guidance to consistently propel them forward without threatening their autonomy is no simple task. Many teachers consider their vision, standards, the […]

Close reading: best practices and next practices

Let’s call her Nadia. I’ve been working with her one on one for a little over a year now. “I suck at reading,” she told me bluntly, when she approached […]

The difference between strategic readers and readers who use strategies

At the risk of beating a dead horse, I’ll admit: I agree with those who suggest that close reading isn’t a strategy, and I’m grateful to them for sustaining this […]

Who Should I Add to My Feed?

This weekend, someone asked me who I read online. Here’s who I read, in no particular order. I’m wondering whose words inspire you. Who makes you think?  Who should I add to my […]

Reading: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

From Daring Greatly, which I have on loan from my oldest, dearest, and wisest friend. It’s provided me much needed perspective and company this month. Some of what I highlighted: […]

Initial Reflections on a Decade’s Worth of “Data Dialogue”–Part 2

On Sunday, I offered up this quick post about what I’ve learned from facilitating data dialogue in different schools over the years. Starr Sackstein caught wind of it on Twitter […]

Sound and Fury and the Natural Order: A Visit from Shmoop

So, a few weeks ago, Paul Thompson from Shmoop approached me, interested in sharing a sample of what they have to offer right here on my blog. Shmoop is a […]