Near the very top of the Things That Disheartens English Teachers list are the comments we leave on students’ papers that aren’t considered, aren’t heeded, and — if we’re honest — often aren’t even read. I hear it from secondary teachers constantly; even in the best case scenario, it seems that students work hard on […]
This weekend Rebekah and I travelled to Minneapolis for the NCTE Annual Convention. For the past 96 hours we have been immersed in the world of language arts, and while we’re exhausted and our backpacks are overstuffed, our brains and hearts are full and we just can’t shut up about NCTE. We can’t stop processing […]
We are getting SO excited for our first trip to Minnesota for #NCTE15 — the best weekend of the year! We hope to meet you, dear readers! Here are some places we are sure to be during the convention: Writing With Mentors Book Signing — 11am SATURDAY — Heinemann Booth (#832) Teacher-Writer Roundtable (K.15) — 4:15pm — […]
Uh oh… My stomach sank, and I could feel the gears inside my head turn on and begin whirring, trying to catch up. Trying to think of the answer. The right answer. Or a good answer. Or any answer. This right here — this is the risk we run when we commit to conferring with […]
A few weeks ago, I blogged about different ways writers can share and publish their work in the classroom. In today’s post, I zoom in on one of those options: creating an audio recording of a piece of writing. “Here, try it,” I said, nudging the fluency phone towards Cameron, a 9th grade writer. “I […]
We hope that we are going to get to meet you at NCTE15 in Minneapolis next week! We will be signing copies of Writing With Mentors at the Heinemann Booth (#832) at 11am on Saturday! We would LOVE to meet you! Please come see us!
We had a wonderful time last night chatting about analytical writing! Here are the questions we considered together: The conversation was fast and furious, chock full of brilliant ideas for engaging students with analytical thinking and writing! Missed it? Need to go back to take notes? You can read the full archives here!
So much of the workshop method is built on the desire to mold students into independent writers who will continue to thrive when they leave our classes. By the end of a year in my ninth grade Reading Writing Workshop, I hope that students will have discovered their own unique writing process, they will know […]