All posts tagged #MakeWriting

Research and Information Writing: A Play-Based Approach in Kindergarten

Last week, I had the great fortune to coach research and information writing in Melanie Jones’s kindergarten class at John T. Waugh Elementary School in Lake Shore, New York. We […]

What do rich learning experiences look like in writing workshop?

Earlier this week, I shared this matrix for designing rich learning experiences, and a bunch of people asked what each dimension of the 2×2 might look like inside of a writing […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Peek Inside My Makerspace for Writers

“What’s a break it box?” Kevin asked, calling my attention to an overflowing black bin on the bottom shelf of our mobile makerspace. This five tier structure on wheels serves […]

Integrating Making and Writing: Constraints, Complexity, and Connection

Integrating making and writing experiences may not seem very difficult, but in my experience, making this marriage worthwhile requires some careful planning. It takes nothing to dump a pile of loose […]

Three Ways to Ensure that Making Inspires Writing Time (Rather than Replacing It)

When Writers Make Integrating making with writing at the WNY Young Writers’ Studio has completely transformed our learning and work. Whether we’re writing about the things that we make or […]

Exploring the Connections Between Making and Writing: The Stone in My Shoe

“What is this?” Ava asked, pulling a fuzzy bit of string out of the tray that greeted the writers at her table. “I’m not sure,” I replied, teasing her a […]