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A Matrix for Designing Rich Learning Experiences

Consider complexity:   Now, distinguish it from richness:   I’m wondering….. ….about the relationship between complexity and richness. ….about the pursuit of complexity at the expense of richness. ….how complexity might […]

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 […]

Launching a Workshop Unit by Rooting Writers in Empathy

  It was empathy that drew me to design thinking. The notion that creative people might best begin their work by seeking to understand the needs of their audiences was […]

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 […]

The #Flaneur Challenge: A Beautiful Way to Begin Keeping a Writer’s Notebook

Last week, a friend asked how I intended to spend my brief summer break, ahead of great travel for work and for pleasure, too. “Wandering,” I said, with a wistful […]

Registration Now Open: Writing Workshop–A Simple Start and Advancing the Art

In response to multiple requests from teachers I support in virtual and face to face professional learning networks, I am thrilled to announce this affordable summer session! Are you new […]

Ready to #MakeWriting? I’d Love to Help You.

Ten years ago, I founded a wonderful little writing studio in my very own community. Every week, and for weeks at a time in the summer, I’ve worked with kids […]