3 Things I Learned About Writer’s Notebook From A Parent Email

It think it’s safe to say that for most of us, this school year felt like several different years. In my school there were remote portions, hybrid portions, five-day-return portions, and with just a few days left in the school year, a masks-optional portion. Texting teacher friends throughout the year, I have used a rickety […]

Analyzing Data in the Action Plan: Using Infographics to Dive Deeper

Image via Pixabay In my first post of 2021, I introduced the “Teens Take Action” project, my attempt to make research more meaningful and applicable to my students.  The goal of the project is for students to examine a social justice issue of their choosing through both a scholarly, academic lens (research) and a human […]

Talking to Teachers: Writing in a Social Studies Classroom (Vulnerability, Revision, and the Slowing Down)

This is a follow-up conversation with Jordan Moog, the AP US History & Grade 9 Global Studies teacher from the American Community School of Abu Dhabi. In a previous conversation with Jordan, we focused on the following topics: (1) writing beside her students, (2) time for revision, and (3) how hybrid learning has affected her […]

Focusing and Guiding Student Writing with the Three C’s of Language

Recently, my eleventh grade writers have been drafting their own Opinion-Editorials – a student (and teacher) favorite. Writers are tasked to select a topic of recency for an immediate and practical audience: peers, friends, teachers, parents, and/or the local community. Students have a lot of fun and put a great deal heart into this piece, […]

Beginning the Action Plan: Using YA Literature to Ignite Student Passion for Research

Image via Pixabay In my last post, I discussed a new approach I am taking to research writing this year.  Instead of the traditional essay, I opted to go with a semester-long exploration of a social justice issue through multiple angles, with a research component being one of those angles.  To review, Hope Kasten, my […]