Books that Move Us: Pointless: An English Teacher’s Guide to More Meaningful Grading by Sarah Zerwin

If you’ve read any of my posts this year, you might notice a theme: I feel like I am constantly referencing Sarah Zerwin’s Pointless, which I read over the summer.  I ordered it immediately upon reading the title, thinking, This is great!  Maybe it will give me ideas for reducing the time I spend assessing […]

Informative Writing, Travel Article Style: Only in Your Area, Part I

There are units you enjoy teaching, and then there are units you really enjoy because you have a personal attachment or connection with the content.  And the best part is when it comes seemingly out of nowhere— like the unit just finds you.  In the midst of everything that is going wrong in 2020, I […]

5 Tips for Encouraging Meaningful Reflection in the Writing Classroom

In my last post, I introduced my goal for the school year: to be more deliberate about having students engage in meaningful reflection throughout every step of the writing process.  As I have been working toward this goal, I have found that encouraging the type of deep reflection that we want students to do requires […]

A Slam Dunk: How a Basketball Metaphor Led My Writers to Better Revision

Image via pixabay.com. Scaffolding. This is exactly what I had on my mind on the eve of a busy day this semester.  I had spent the first quarter of the school year working intensely to give my senior honors students as much commentary on their writing as possible.  Along with conferring with them verbally during […]

Getting Real with Rubrics: Providing More Authentic Opportunities with the College Essay

Think about how much thought goes into the creation of a rubric.  There is so much to consider: How many criteria should it have?  What are the appropriate criteria?  How should each criteria be weighted?  How should this rubric be set up? Should it have boxes, a checklist, or something else?  These are big decisions […]

Real and Rigorous: Writing Workshop Meets Business Writing

Today’s guest post is from Paige Timmerman, a high school English teacher in Salem, Illinois. She has guest written for Moving Writers before as she explored audience and the college essay! You can connect with her on Twitter at @pbrink12 or via e-mail at timmermanp@salemhigh.com. Senior English can be a beautiful and frustrating thing.  For […]