Blogroll · charts · Kristi Mraz


Kristi Mraz, one of my instructors from this past summer's Writing Institute at Teachers College, and Marjorie Martinelli just started a blog called Chartchums: Creative Classroom Charts.  I've reviewed the first few posts on the blog and I'm certain it is going to be an incredible resource for workshop teachers who want to ensure that… Continue reading Chartchums

blogging · Blogroll

A Few Changes

If you look closely, you may notice a few changes around here. Our header is slightly different, we're sporting a new button for our motto, and the Slice of Life button is a new color. Most significantly, though, is the Blogroll on the right.  It is organized by category. Keep an eye on it this… Continue reading A Few Changes

blogging · Blogroll · NCTE · writing workshop

Dinner with the Indiana Blogging Teachers

L-R: Christi, Ruth, Me, Jen, Sarah, & Cathy Originally uploaded by teachergal I just returned home after spending the past thee days in Indiana, with Ruth, preparing for our presentation at NCTE this-coming November. [The presentation's title has changed to “'I HATE WRITING!!!': A Discussion About Inspiring Reluctant Writers By Writing Alongside Them," since we… Continue reading Dinner with the Indiana Blogging Teachers

Blogroll · month-long planning · plan · revision · units of study


I received an e-mail from another blogger who teaches middle school who asked about the pacing of the teaching points and units of study. Specifically, she wanted to know, "What if they don't finish in that time period? Do they finish it at home for homework?" I wrote her back, but figured this might be… Continue reading Pacing

Blogroll · community · sharing · writing

the gift we give.

Sharing.  What a gift!  I had the pleasure of spending last week with 25 teachers who were concentrating on becoming more effective writing teachers.  I'm a firm believer in one of the best ways to become a better writing teacher is to become a writer.  Therefore, each day was devoted to experiencing writing workshop first… Continue reading the gift we give.


accepting the persona

I was reading through Stacey's student's comments about how they've changed as writers.  As Stacey and I were discussing this on the phone earlier in the week, I was thrown back to memories of former students.  I always loved listening to them reflect on their work as writers.  They never disappointed.  I think the reason… Continue reading accepting the persona