Identity Synthesis: Authenticity, Vulnerability, and Revision

This year in my school district, my colleagues and I have held rich and ongoing conversations about ways to be more culturally and historically responsive in our curriculum and instruction. Within these conversations, we discovered that part of being more responsive in these matters involves valuing our students’ sense of identity in their learning. In […]

Two Ways to Bring Students’ Voices into the Writing Classroom

“Don’t forget to cast your ballot!” “Vote!” We just passed the most important time of this year: election day. According to the New York Times, this year’s election and candidates led to heavy, and record-breaking, voter turnout, and there were many measures in place to ensure ballots were counted in time. We’ve had crazy high […]

True Crime During Class Time: Engaging Writers Using a Crime Scene

Everyone is obsessed with true crime lately.  True crime podcasts, true crime TV shows, true crime movies, true crime documentaries. I feel like every time I turn around, I see another preview for another true crime series on Netflix.  And, here’s the thing, I’m totally down for it.  My podcasts, my list on Netflix – […]

Mentor Text Wednesday: Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade

Mentor Text: ‘Canada Dry Ginger Ale and Lemonade’ by Elaine Szewczyk (PDF / Online) Techniques: Writing Memoir Writing Review Merging Forms Background – If you’re visiting Moving Writers, that likely means that like many of us, you’re online, perhaps looking for new ideas for your classroom. Welcome to Teacher Internet, where there are more ideas […]

Conferencing Through Chaos…by Maybe Embracing the Chaos of Conferencing?

For those who’ve been following the ongoing adventures (exploits?  misadventures?) of my focus student, Troy, and me this year, be aware that I’m taking a blog off from that beat.  Troy and I are kind of in a holding pattern right now, and we’re also in between writing assignments as a whole class, so as […]