Category Archive: lessons learned from students

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!

Drilling Down into the Writing


Of the many ways I gain an understanding of my writers, my favorite and most valuable is gathering up all the writing and diving into reading ALL the students’ work.

Highlights from the Week


I have been in a lot of different writing workshops lately. Just this week I’ve been in 13 writing workshops and have met with 13 different teachers in either reflective practice meetings or… Continue reading

Student Story #1: I Need to Hold Your Hand


I’ve taught fourth or fifth grade in low-SES communities ever since I worked as a fifth grade teacher at P.S. 72 in Spanish Harlem when I was a graduate student completing my first… Continue reading