All posts in MAKING Writing

Four Lessons About Writing that I Learned from Makers

When I’m asked to get specific about what it means to MAKE writing, I often find myself sharing stories that underpin four of the largest lessons I learned from watching […]

Making and Writing: Get Beyond the Gimmicks

This month, I’ll be celebrating the second birthday of Make Writing, the little book that could. When I wrote it, I never imagined that I would get to meet and […]

The Fire Starters: Making to Ignite Critical Thinking in the Writing Workshop

Earlier this month, I began sharing the four ways I notice making enriching writing in the workshops that I facilitate and coach in. In my work, that’s what I’m constantly […]

MAKING a Writing Workshop Unit with Design in Mind

On Tuesday, I shared a visual intended to help teachers conceptualize the whole of a writing workshop year before sharing a unit framework that middle level teachers might use to […]

Five Ways Design Thinking Elevates the Writing Process

Here’s the short story, as most people I’m familiar with tend to tell it: Design thinking emerged from failed attempts to create innovative products and bring them to market. Traditional models […]

Four Ways to Make in the Writing Workshop

When I wrote Make Writing in 2015, I’d just finished a lengthy action research project that focused on engagement in the writing workshops that I led. That project began long […]

Planning to Make Writing: Distinguishing Form from Medium

I’ve spent much of the summer working with teachers who are eager to integrate making and writing but uncertain where to begin. This is what I tell them:  I tell them […]

Learning with Me in the New Year: Invitations, Resolutions, and Resources for You

Like many educators, I reserve July for relaxing, reading, and research that will fuel my learning and work throughout the new year. And like many educators, August turns my attention back to […]

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 […]

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 […]