narrative · social media · story ideas · storytelling · writing workshop

Playing Around with Instagram Stories

I've been tinkering with Instagram Stories this summer. I've discovered several ways teacher-writers can use them as a tool for living and storytelling.

professional development · social media · social networking

Free Professional Development! Tweet All About It.

I admit, when I first heard about Twitter, I thought the concept was ridiculous. Shooting a message of 140 characters or less into the world? Why? Who would care? Since my initial incredulity, Twitter was to become one of the predominant social media platforms, one with a markedly professional bent. Many authors, businesses, marketing consultants, tech… Continue reading Free Professional Development! Tweet All About It.

books · professional development · social media

Hello August!

Here I am and August is here too. It has been a long summer that is going too fast. It's the paradox of time. One thing is for sure: It keeps moving. Next Monday I will be in school. Here are a few things that make me excited to return. Check out how I plan… Continue reading Hello August!

choice · engagement · interview · social media · social networking · technology · writers

The Secret Ingredient to Creating Engaged Writers

I’ve been thinking about student engagement in writing workshop for the past couple of weeks.  I started thinking about it as I was reading Guy-Write, Ralph Fletcher’s new book.  My thoughts about engagement continued as I sat in Maggie Beattie Roberts’s class about technology and media at the summer Reading Institute.  Everything came to a… Continue reading The Secret Ingredient to Creating Engaged Writers

presentations · social media · social networking · technology · Web 2.0

Tech Workshop — Cool Things Before the Presentation

My friend June Yazel and I are putting together a workshop called: Tackling Technology in a Writer's World. We are planning two different versions, one for elementary teachers and another for content area secondary teachers. Although similar, the secondary version will focus more on research and informational writing while the elementary version will focus more… Continue reading Tech Workshop — Cool Things Before the Presentation

social media · social networking · Web 2.0 · writing

Texting in the Middle of the Night

I recently accepted "friend requests" from some of my former students who are now in high school.  I've found myself playing the role of parent more than once, telling them to go to sleep (when I was up late feeding my daughter), to watch their language, and to think before they post a status update… Continue reading Texting in the Middle of the Night

reflective practice · social media

Facebook Event Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week's Stenhouse/Two Writing Teachers Facebook Event.  It was great to receive so much positive feedback on our Facebook Page from all of you. In case you missed last week's event, you can still check out all five of the downloadable, printable writing tips, which will continue to… Continue reading Facebook Event Wrap-Up