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Feedback that Serves Those Who MAKE Writing

This week’s post is written especially for those who are making writing with their students and eager to elevate the quality of what writers build, before they help them transition […]

Five Pain Points in the Argument Writing Process and a Few Quick Fixes

  This photo was taken last fall, as I led a week-long lesson study on argument writing at the middle level. It’s interesting: Many teachers tell me that narrative is […]

Seeking Conventionality vs. Practicing Conventions

  What if, instead of complaining about the possibility of certain writers using text messaging language in their academic writing, we expected them to text with a purpose and even […]

Reggio Reflections: Communicating Complex Ideas when Print Creates a Barrier

This is the third in a series of reflections made upon my return from a study tour of Reggio Emilia schools. You may find the other posts here, as I […]

Teaching Civil Rights to Kindergarteners: Research and Information Writing

Two weeks ago, Laurie Schultz invited me to coach in her kindergarten writing workshop at John T. Waugh Elementary School in Lake Shore. I’m always grateful to work with Laurie. […]

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 […]

Organizational Story Writing: Leading a Listening Session

Jackie James Creedon shares a map of future soil testing sites in western New York State.   Jackie James Creedon is the founder of Citizens Science Community Resources, an organization […]

Ten Reasons Why Organizational Story Writing Matters

More and more often, I’m invited to work not only with school districts, but with other organizations that are interested in telling their stories. Stories matter. They center us. They […]

Dialogue

When Writers Make the Anchor Chart: What We’re Learning About Improving Dialogue in Story

Last spring, several groups at the WNY Young Writer’s Studio made a careful study of dialogue. Rather than charting the ideas that might have emerged from my teacher-driven mini-lessons, writers researched this […]