“A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with… Read More
Nurture a child’s interest and talent for writing this holiday season with one of these items. Look for a chance to win one of these five items by reading the giveaway information at the bottom of this blog post.
copyright: Bill Watterson – Calvin and Hobbes This is pretty much how Josh felt when I pulled my conferring stool up next to his desk yesterday and asked, “So, how’s it going?”… Read More
All week long, Heinemann Publishing has been celebrating Don Graves on their Facebook page, featuring his groundbreaking work, and asking educators this question: To honor Don Graves, help us keep his legacy alive.… Read More
I’ve been writing daily for years, but lately I feel as if I haven’t written anything worthwhile. Sure – I’ve written blog posts about family and the teaching of writing. Sure – I’ve… Read More
After reading Write Beside Them, Tara Smith realized she had to connect her teacher and writer identities. No longer would it be enough to share mentor texts and confer. She realized she needed to share her writing life with her students and walk them through her thinking as she wrote.
Draft is a weekly essay series in The New York Times about the importance and art of writing. The weekly Draft essay is one of the first things I look for in my Sunday paper since it pushes me to become a better writer.
Anna Gratz Cockerille provides tips for organizing and developing teaching toolkits you can use across the school year.
Several months ago I began meditating as a way of trying to achieve a greater sense of overall vitality. I started out by listening to a 10 minute podcast from a program called… Read More
Cultivate home-school partnerships around writing by hosting a family writing night this fall.
I think the thing that makes a writer is Habit. Yes, that’s habit with a capital H. (I go back and forth between whether it’s habit that makes a writer or belief that… Read More
It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.
- Isaac Asimov I began a writer’s group last year at… Read More
Last month, I was put on brain rest for two weeks in order to get better after having a concussion. Brain rest in my world meant no driving, no news (print, online, or… Read More
Tara Smith shares how she launched, maintained, and celebrating the writing slice of life stories and comments — all year long — with her sixth grade students.
I’ve been wanting to try out Storify for awhile, but haven’t head a reason to use it. Until now. I decided to put together Storify some of my tweets and pictures from last… Read More
Teaching writing is a lot like gardening. It requires constant attention.
The week of June 10th was hectic around here. I had a sleuth of appointments, was doing major revisions to the keynote I’m delivering this Thursday, and was getting ready to visit family… Read More
Since Ramona asked and she traveled all the way from Seattle, I honored her request. We went around the room and introduced ourselves. It was a big dinner party — 33 people in… Read More
I hope you are taking the summer to just write. Life is too short not to write. I’ve been percolating today’s blog post and planned to write it this afternoon. However, plans changed,… Read More