Category: writing

Pre-Writing and Embodied Learning 1

Pre-Writing and Embodied Learning

It saddens me when I walk into classrooms and see prewriting taught using some perfunctory graphic organizer that every student must complete. We send the message that creating new ideas requires a formulaic approach. Nothing could be further from the truth. Prewriting, like writing in general, has as many methods as their are writers. Instead…
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Why I decided to support Connected Educator Month

I did not not support Connected Educator Month (#CEM) last year. In total I logged on to three or four events as I respected the panel of speakers. Still I doubted the motives of the Department of Education. I felt we needed to boycott the events if we supported digital teaching and learning. I was…
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Reflective Assessment Practices

I try to stress one lesson when teaching pre-service teachers about assessment: your assessments should be be used to judge your practice more so than the abilities of your students. After all it is almost impossible to know all that students know. So instead of warping assessment by conflating it with grading I try to…
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Improving your Writing Instruction with Kaizena

Like most lessons in life the best ones come through serendipitous learning. I came to my use of recorded feedback, both audio and video, through a session I stumbled into at the Literacy Research Association. I had no plan to attend the session. I just had no where to go so I opened a door…
TAG TEAM Writing Method 2

TAG TEAM Writing Method

choose Target Areas for Growth based on the District Wide Argumentative Writing Rubric. Setting specific writing goals is an evidence-based strategy for improving writing. I think the writing rubrics we give to kids over over bloated and useless. Seven criterion with 4 scales of quality do nothing for a kid. They may give us some…
Collaborative Case Studies 0

Collaborative Case Studies

Last night during the combined #engchat and #sschat some folks were asking m about how I use collaborative case studies to improve argumentative writing. Since my original post was deleted I thought I would try to recreate it. First I am a huge fan of collaborative writing to support argumentative writing. Not because it is…
Publishing as a Province for Popular Culture 0

Publishing as a Province for Popular Culture

Understanding Perspectives when Reading Online I hear it all the time as I spend countless hours watching screen captures of students reading online, “This website is reliable because it has all the information I am looking for.” Why have all of my efforts to teach students to evaluate websites been so futile? I think it…
Online Content Creation: Digital Writing and Digital Storytelling 0

Online Content Creation: Digital Writing and Digital Storytelling

I am excited by all of the interest in digital storytelling. Many wonderful colleagues are pushing the field forward. I finished Troy Hicks's book The Digital Writing Workshop and just ordered Dana Wilber's book Iwrite. These recent efforts are meeting the needs of teachers who all want to use multimodal composition to meet the needs…
Fiction and the Internet: Connecting Curriculum 0

Fiction and the Internet: Connecting Curriculum

Educators and researches have easily adapted fiction to teach online reading comprehension to students at all grade levels. Classroom literacy instruction often focuses around works of fiction and this may allow narrative texts to be an easy road for both the teacher and student to travel when delivering lessons in online reading comprehension. Educators can…