Conferring With Writers Who Don’t Know They’re Writers

I have not always identified as a writer. As a child, I was an aspiring writer for sure–I was going to be the next Ann M. Martin….but make it historical. Maybe Babysitters in Bonnets?   I’ll admit it  needed workshopping.  Somewhere in high school, though, I shifted and I became an incredibly efficient student of writing–not […]

Talking Through it All: Conferring Through the Toughest Year

Conferring with students about their reading and writing is one of those things I never feel like I will completely master. There will always be new ideas for simplifying, streamlining the process + making those conversations even more productive for students. Especially this year. Fortunately, Hattie + Mike love this stuff + are sharing ideas […]

12 Writing Experiences for Processing the Election

If our feelings as we approach the election are complicated and anxiety-ridden, then certainly our thoughts and feelings will be equally so in the days and weeks that follow this particular election. If this is true for us, it’s certainly true for our students. The team has been working this week (at Hattie’s inspiration!) to […]

3 Steps Toward Making Space for Dialogue

Last month I started what will (hopefully) be a semester-long series of my attempts to tackle all of the messy, controversial real world happenings with my students in a way that somehow creates space for real dialogue, pushes students to consider other perspectives, but also protects vulnerable voices…and does it in a largely virtual space.  […]

Arugment, Research and Rhetoric in an Angry World

I wasn’t expecting to start my 19th year teaching feeling this unprepared. Not the juggling of virtual and  face-to-face hybrid teaching–I’ll bungle my way through that chaos, and it will be fine (right? Somebody assure me it will be fine).  No, my feelings of unpreparedness come from all the other chaos in the world: racial […]