How to Have the “Fun”, Free-Choice Writing Workshop of Students’ Dreams

In spite of my protestations to the contrary, I want to be the fun teacher. It’s just that often my definition of fun involves annotating or revising or learning etymology and that doesn’t consistently align with students’ definition of fun. After four months of what even I deemed to be not-fun work (various iterations of […]

Making All Things New: Prompts for Thinking Creatively

This year on Moving Writers, I am dusting off some old-but-wise books on my shelf about writing, creating a tiny review, then considering how one passage from the book can inform writing instruction today, even decades after the book was first published.  This month, I’ll consider Metro: Journeys in Writing Creatively by Hans Ostrom, Wendy […]

Making All Things New: Putting Thoughts into Words

This year on Moving Writers, I am dusting off some old-but-wise books on my shelf about writing, creating a tiny review, then considering how one passage from the book can inform writing instruction today, even decades after the book was first published.  This month, I’ll consider an excerpt from the book Poetry Is by Ted […]

Helping Students Weigh Environmental Solutions with Podcasts

Photo by Ian Taylor on Unsplash My students love debating, but the conversations often stall when it comes to addressing environmental solutions.  The discomfort experienced in this moment can be attributed to missing opportunities for discussing and practicing climate stewardship.  Navigating unfamiliar language associated with environmental problem-solving can reinforce the sense that weighing environmental solutions […]