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A writer who found myself in the summer workshop after my third year of teaching. The summer before my daughter was born. The summer after my first wedding anniversary. The summer before my dad died. The summer that changed my life forever because it added to my identity in a way that unlocked a way of life. That writing could be a tool, not just for thinking, but for being, was the greatest gift of that summer.

The Conference, Theirs

Even as the year winds down, third-grade teacher Danielle and I are working to make her inquiry-based approach to workshop even more student centered. How? By taking the necessity of record-keeping beyond the merely manageable and transforming the workshop through student-engaged assessment. Which of Danielle’s practices will you explore as you close out your year?