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 […]

False Confidence and the Conforming Young Writer

I’ve just returned home from an incredible week with writers and teachers from Chappaqua Central School District. They hosted a Make Writing Pop-Up event that brought all of us into […]

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 […]

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 […]