authentic writing · listening · mentor texts · writing workshop

Getting to Know Your Writers

The decisions I make from the classroom library to family connections are intentional and responsive to building a community of writers and learning about the students who make up this community.

authentic writing · independent writing projects · lessons learned from students · Student ownership

From the Classroom to the World: How a Young Writer is Making Her Voice Heard

Find out how Amelia Poor, age 12, learned "at a really young age how powerful writing can be." Amelia's journey will surely inspire you and your young writers!

authentic writing · independent writing · Inventive spelling · word study · writing workshop

Building Word Superheroes: With Permission and Invented Spelling

Teaching students to take the risks necessary to be inventive spellers means I have to respect the stage of development of the student. I can't expect the students to know (or use) something I haven't taught.  It also means communicating to parents about what it means to use inventive spelling and its role in developing writers and readers.

audience · authentic writing · blogging · Student ownership · writing workshop

Making the Writer Better: Getting Started with Blogging

As I move forward in planning summer professional development for the teachers in my district, I am already finding the infographic invaluable.  In planning my session, “Getting Started with Blogging” I found the information on the infographic guiding each slide and each step as I planned the presentation.

audience · authentic writing · creativity · curriculum planning · digital writing · George Couros · Innovators · writing workshop

Make Writing Better. Start With The Writer.

Think about the writer and making the writer better. What are the needs of a writer? What opportunities does technology offer to make the writer better?

authentic writing · blogging · choice · creativity · digital writing · greenbelt writing · writing workshop

Write at the Start: No More Morning Worksheets

How can we let writing be part of a "soft start" for students instead of making them complete joyless worksheets? How do your students start the day or class period? Please join the conversation!

audience · authentic writing · blogging · digital writing · greenbelt writing · independent writing · independent writing projects · writing workshop

Branding Student Blogs

As an instructional technology coach, I have the privilege of working alongside teachers as they bring their students into the world of blogging.  Many of the teachers I work with are new to blogging. They rely on me to steer them into an experience that will engage the student, lift student writing, and fit within the already packed school day. I guide these teachers to create branded blogs.

authentic writing · writing process · writing workshop

Misunderstandings Within The Writing Process

The writing process is not always linear, it is not a circle of steps, it is not something that needs to be done the same way twice. The writing process might be different everytime a writer sits down to start. It might be different for someone writing a poem one day and an essay a week later. The writing process is as unique as the writer. Embrace the process and its endless possibilities as students move forward.

academic choice · authentic writing · blogging · digital writing · writing workshop

Past the Flash of Technology

Technology gives us all choices and decisions to make. Big decisions. How can we welcome technology in our classrooms? Technology can be a new way of doing the same thing. Will we seek apps that allow our students to make choices in creating and sharing with others, or will we seek apps that do the same old thing in a different way?

#cyberPD · authentic writing · back to school · Innovators · ralph fletcher · writing workshop

What Do Teachers Do All Summer?

Summer is the opportunity to sit back, hit reset and plan how I will improve for next year.  I like to use my extra hours of summer considering my past teaching practices and think about what worked and what I wish had gone differently.