After a six-month soft launch, Sam and I are officially launching Mini Moves for Writers, a YouTube channel where anyone can access free writing mini-lessons to make writing stronger, more full of voice, and more true to your writerly intentions. Here’s a wee trailer: We hope that we can be apart of your writing instruction […]
Writing with details and stories is not only more effective, it’s also more fun.
Mentor Text: ‘The Fence I Never Climbed, or, There Is a Parking Lot where Once I Broke My Arm’ by Neil Hilborn Techniques: Memoir Anaphora Titling Background – This school year, the third one under what I’ve taken to calling pandemic influenced learning, was tough. As it closed, I found myself sighing in relief. In a […]
Every teacher has their own way of preparing for a new school year. I like to try out writing activities I might share with my students and see what I notice. What possibilities exist with this writing exercise? Is it something I could embed in all my classes? And a more interesting question of late–How […]
In this summer’s beat Abigail takes you through two strategies that you can discover in Liz Prather’s new book “The Confidence to Write”… two strategies to start the school year off right and a great starting place for teacher growth this summer.
Thinking about our writing, big picture, helps us to think about who and how we want to be as people, and as we the people.
Mentor Text: Pants: A Note by Brian Doyle Techniques: Playing with conventions Expressing a single idea Using footnotes Background – This spring, I found myself really reflecting on the fact that I use a lot of heavy pieces in the classroom. I think we all do – they do the heavy lifting for us. They’re rich […]
Sometimes, there isn’t one right answer. Sometimes it’s okay to admit we don’t know.
In this school years last beat Abigail takes you through a writing strategy of “dream/vision boards” to cast a vision for the future with your students.
If you’re like me, you always have a project in the back of your mind that you want to try, but for whatever reason, you never pull the trigger. You keep telling yourself it will be a great project for the next unit, the next semester, the next year. But this is a warning for […]