Leaving Mighty Marks on the World

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When we redesign our writing workshops in to order to invite the dynamic use of far more diverse tools, we honor the way that today’s writers often need to generate, […]

A Peek Inside My Makerspace for Writers

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“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 […]

Platform and Personality: Helping Young Writers Raise Their Voices

I’ve spent a good portion of this year helping teachers unpack and design some pretty powerful writing experiences around this particular standard. I’ll admit that it’s my favorite. Sure, research […]

Integrating Making and Writing: Constraints, Complexity, and Connection

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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)

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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

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“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 […]

Maker Moves in the Writing Workshop

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“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 […]

Empathy Mapping, Brain Writing, and Teachers Who Tell Their Learning Stories

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This spring, I had the opportunity to work with teachers from southern Erie and Cattaraugus Counties. Our initial sessions challenged teachers to define writers’ craft, the process, and the values and habits […]

Designing High Quality Writing Curricula

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I’ve spent much of this school year designing writing curricula with primary, elementary, and middle school teachers in different schools throughout western New York. Our process is iterative: We don’t […]

Creating a Culture of Readers by Resolving Data Dilemmas

The opposite of faith is not doubt; it's certainty. --Anne Lamott

  This morning, I had the pleasure of speaking with local friends and teachers at the Niagara Frontier Reading Council’s Spring Brunch. Theresa Andrews invited me to chat about the […]