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 […]

Five Big Writing Workshop Dilemmas and One Simple Solution: Learning Targets

  Two weeks ago, I invited writing teachers far and wide to share their biggest workshop dilemmas with me! Okay, if I’m being honest, I asked a bunch of people […]

Writing Isn’t Print.

“I miss my house,” she told me. “I came here from Puerto Rico with my family, after the storm.” I nodded and laid my eyes on her build. “I never […]

Why I’m Going to Hustle Hard in this New Year

  I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my purpose lately. In September, my nest emptied. I miss my kids, but anyone who knows me well knows that I […]

My #Topnine2018 Learning Moments

This year found me recommitting to the work of daily documentation as a writer, a writing teacher, and a professional learning facilitator. This was a challenging and even overwhelming endeavor […]

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 […]

Becoming a Better Teacher of Writing by Documenting the Unexpected

“I develop theories based on lived experiences, not existing theories.” Dr. Brene Brown   Traditional researchers and documentarians deepen their learning by exploring the theories shared by the giants who […]

Staying Hungry: How Documentation Keeps Me Curious and Increases My Teacher Joy

My interest in documentation began well over a decade ago, at the height of the standardized testing mess that so many teachers were talking about and in response to my […]

A Review of Protocols in the Classroom: Tools to Help Students Read, Write, Think, and Collaborate

One of the funny things about parenting as an educator is that often, your children teach you a great deal about things you think you already know a few things […]

Introducing Pace Yourself: A Digital Learning Platform Designed by Yours Truly

Summer is coming, and I finally took the dive: I designed my very own digital learning platform. If you’ve been wondering how you might participate in one of my workshops […]

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