content-area writing · COVID-19 · crystal-clear clarity · Multimedia · technology · writing workshop

Lessons and Learning from the 2020-2021 School Year

What to keep, what to stop, and what to change? These are questions that I know I will continue to wonder about and discuss with colleagues. For me, the increased technological savviness, multimedia options, and clarity should continue to impact students' experiences and outcomes in positive ways as I move forward in teaching and learning.

adults in the classroom · communication · crystal-clear clarity · Reaching Your Writers Blog Series · writing workshop

Communication, Collaboration, and Clarity: Reaching Your Writers

The more we can communicate, collaborate, and empower the people we work with, both adults and students, so that they know and understand the learning that should be happening in our writing classrooms, the more we will see that learning happen. When we all know what we’re working on and we have the tools and systems to support our pathways, great things happen!

crystal-clear clarity · expository · genre · personal essay

interviews + personal essays.

Dave Eldridge & I have been working on a personal essay unit in his sixth grade class.  As the week went on, I've gotten more & more excited about this unit of study. Dave wanted to included the opportunity for students to interview their family members from another generation.  At first I wasn't sure how… Continue reading interviews + personal essays.

crystal-clear clarity · poetry · poetry thursday

It’s almost the last Poetry Thursday. :(

Apple At the center, a dark star wrapped in white. When you bit, listen for the crunch of boots on snow, snow that has ripened. Over it stretches the red, starry sky. --Nan Fry I simply love the visual imagery this poem evokes. I think it's an excellent mentor for students who are trying to… Continue reading It’s almost the last Poetry Thursday. 😦