On Tuesday night (11/3, 9pm EST), Allison and I will be hosting #teachwriting chat. We’ll be thinking about the challenges, the necessary skills, the authentic products, and (of course) the mentor texts in teaching analytical writing. Here are the questions: We hope you’ll join us for a thought-provoking conversation that impacts every writing classroom!
As teachers, we’re always thinking of ways to make grammar less scary for students. Most students would say that grammar is a set of rules, so we have to work hard to undo this restrictive thinking and help them see grammar as a series of possibilities rather than limitations. Recently I have said to my […]
Now that Writing with Mentors is in your hands, we’d love to hear from you! Between now and November 15, write a review of the book and post it to our book page on Amazon for a chance to WIN a CUSTOM cluster of mentor texts for you and your students! Your review will enter […]
I have a hard time narrowing down the list of mentor texts I want to use in each writing study. There always seems to be just one more amazing text that I think can instruct and inspire my students. In Writing With Mentors, Allison and I recommend 3-6 mentor texts as the ideal cluster for […]
In the last three years I have moved from a paper system to an almost exclusively digital system in writing workshop. Finding a good rhythm in a digital environment requires just as much thought as in a paper environment. After a lot of experimentation, I think I’ve landed on a workflow that satisfies my student […]
Grades — good or bad — tend to make us do unproductive things. Each September, when I assess my students’ first piece of writing, processed and polished, leave feedback, and return it to them, one of two things happens: students who did well give a great sigh of relief and check English class off of […]
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