Learning how to help my AP Researchers…by becoming one
Category: Mike Ziegler
The Argument Essay: A Contextual Pool Adventure
As the season of AP Lang exams fast approaches, I find myself more and more urgently seeking ways to help tighten gaps in my students’ skill sets. Fine tuning writing skills is a part of it, but when it comes to one AP Lang task–the Open Argument essay–there are more pressing issues that are a […]
Oh, the Words They Don’t Know
Contextual Pools–and how to help students add depth to them
Some case studies of student writers midway through a school year of conferring about writing
Digital Notebooks, Remixes and Infographics: The Stealth Writing Workshop
A few weeks ago I outlined my peculiar teacher headspace this year as I face the challenge of teaching AP Lang after years of working to perfect English 11, a course I helped design from the ground up and continue to approach eagerly every day. In that post I outlined my major goal for the […]
New Perspective for an Old(ish) Teacher
Before laying down an opening for this year’s first post, I found myself browsing around the Moving Writers site and checking out some of the lovely work my colleagues are already producing. Hattie found a way to recharge from last year in the form of an outstanding education book that inspired her. David found similar […]
What Happens to Feedback When Conferring Gets Organized
Providing feedback that builds on conferring conversations can be a game changer…if you start keeping track of your conversations with writers!
Turning the Page on Writing Conferences…with Reading Conferences
Some thoughts on why I always establish reading conferring in order to prepare students to confer about writing.
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 […]
The Conference That Will Change Their Life*
Conferring with writers about their next English class is as important as those writing conferences you love having with them–here’s some ideas for how to make them effective.