Affinity Maps Support Curriculum that is Co-Designed with Kids

If you read my earlier post on establishing a shared vision ahead of emergent curriculum design work, then you’ll be better prepared to consider today’s post. Shared targets help learners […]

Emergent Curriculum Design: Beginning with Shared Vision

“We imagine a school in which students and teachers joyfully stretch themselves to their limits in search of projects built on their own visions, not one that merely succeeds in […]

Emergent Curriculum: How Might We Design a Vision that is Truly Shared?

Last week, I shared some thoughts about emergent curriculum design and specifically, the important role that constraints might play in getting it right. In my experience, how we pursue vision […]

Emergent Curriculum: The Power of Constraints

  Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to work through the design process and contemplate the relationship between making and writing with a brilliant group of teachers in Atlanta, […]

One Framework to Rule them All

How might school leaders use this framework to design, launch, and work through varied iterations of their theories of change? How might teachers use this same framework to design, launch, and […]

How Might We Design an Emergent Curriculum for the Writing Workshop?

Over the several years, I’ve had the opportunity to begin designing emergent curriculum with several different groups of writing teachers. Last week, our journey continued as we began to embrace […]

Journey Maps Help Students and Teachers Tell Their Learning Stories

Schools have become increasingly skilled at gathering data about learners–particularly quantitative data in the form of standardized and local test scores. But these data often fail to communicate the most […]

The Writing Workshop Launch: An Iterative Process

It’s launch time in most of the schools that I support. Teachers are welcoming writers into new spaces, establishing routines, and filling their hearts and minds with renewed promise: This […]

That Kid

You know that kid: The one who walks wearily into the room, throwing himself into a seat and casting his eyes at the clock, the window, and the door. He’s […]

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 […]