Workshop + Don’t Drop: Resources from #NCTE19

One of my greatest NCTE joys have been the times members of the Moving Writers team have gotten to join forces at NCTE.  I love these people — their deeply-felt philosophies about teaching writing to make a difference in children’s learning and lives, their practical, boots-on-the-ground, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that brilliance. Here are some of the resources from […]

#NCTE19: Join us to problem-solve the practice of writing workshop!

When I first moved from teaching middle school to teaching high school, I brought my workshop practice with me. At first, I was worried that this type of instruction wouldn’t meet the needs of my high school students, but it didn’t take me very long to realize that it was exactly what they needed. And […]

Writing Teacher Tech Tools: Wireless Document Camera

In my last post, I discussed how a small change I made to the seating in my classroom affected my day-to-day approach to teaching writing.  Simply moving students into small groups allowed me to see so many valuable opportunities for collaboration in my instruction.  Today, I’m going to talk about the collaborative benefits another small […]

Horseshoe to Pods: How Changing Seating Changed my Writing Instruction

  Classroom seating. It’s one of the very first things you consider as a new teacher.  How do I want my room arranged? How do I decide which students should sit next to one another?  You do some research and you ask other teachers what works for them, and eventually you reluctantly settle on an […]

The Closet Project: Awakening Possibilities With Authentic Writing

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you know that I am a big advocate of creating authentic writing opportunities for students without losing the rigor of academic assignments.  This is especially important for students who struggle with writing; real scenarios can give them the push they need to become motivated and invested in […]

Conferring With Writers of ALL Levels: A Dissection of 3 Essential Differences

Paige’s post today reminds us that our very best teaching with one group of students isn’t our best teaching with a different group — we must constantly bend our teaching to meet the needs of the students in front of us.  Many of us cringe at the leveling of students and especially at the titles […]