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Making and Unmaking the Resistant Writer

Last week, I started a conversation that I promised to continue throughout this month, one post at a time. It’s about privilege, power, and print inside of our writing workshops […]

Print, Privilege, and Power: Starting a Conversation About Equity in Our Writing Workshops

When we embrace diversity, we strive to make the demographic of our schools and classrooms diverse. When we embrace inclusion, we ensure that diverse people are seated at the tables […]

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 […]

Making to Elevate the Complexity of Writing

“Because she laughs so much, and when she laughs, it’s like music,” she explained when I asked her why she’d built a series of music notes to represent her grandmother. […]

Make Writing: What? Why? How?

An important note, ahead of today’s post: There are different kinds of writing workshop teachers, in my experience: Those who are wanting a clearer path, those who are walking one […]

Seeing Ourselves, Seeing Others: Creating a More Inclusive Writing Workshop Environment

I’d just wrapped a mini-lesson on using evidence to support a claim. The writers that filled up the room were shifting away from our meeting spot and toward the back […]

A Quick Round-Up of Five Minute Fixes for Narrative Writing

  I’ve spent this entire week traveling all over Alberta, Canada. I’ve worked with primary and intermediate level teachers, and I’ve worked with middle and high school teachers. I’ve worked […]

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 […]

Small Moment Stories: Documenting the Unexpected

October found me in classrooms in and around New York State, facilitating lesson studies for writing teachers at the elementary and middle levels. This is some of the most rewarding […]