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How are we bringing the #BlackLivesMatter movement into our classrooms?
“The teacher is of course an artist, but being an artist does not mean that he or she can make the profile, can shape the students. What the educator does in teaching is to make it possible for the students to become themselves.” Paulo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change  Eight teachers from around the country gather online in a google hangout on...
Watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij6YXwh4X9U&feature=youtu.be I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite voices out there Jay Smooth. In this video, which is part of a series of videos, he elaborates upon what he calls the “Little Hater.”  The Little Hater is the voice, mostly inside your head, though can be heard from numerous agents in our life, often blocks us from...
Anna challenged me to a screencast. Do I accept? You bet! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRgJIu_MvX0 And here is my reflection, which I am doing in comic form: -- Kevin
(Anna Smith and I are starting up a conversation about writing in a digital age, and we intend to use different platforms to have our discussions. We also want to reflect on how those platforms inform our writing. Here, in comic form, I think about the use of a one-sided video chat. -- Kevin)
  From 1992-2008, I was an English Language Arts teacher at schools in Massachusetts, South Carolina and North Carolina. During those years, the question I pose above – “Where does the writing fit?” – wasn’t something I asked myself.  During my 1st year of teaching, I encountered Nanci Atwell’s In the Middle, and from there on out, my primary goal was to help students become confident,...
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Digital Learning Day encourages everyone—teachers, librarians, school leaders, and parents—to participate, regardless of experience, in the exploration of digital teaching practices by starting a conversation, trying one new thing, and showcasing success. Digital Is has many great resources about educators starting conversations with their students. Of course, there are also a lot of great...
Lunch Conversation_0.jpg "So tell me about your writing." We gather at Jackson's Java, Amelies, in Fretwell Building on campus, or in the mountains of North Carolina.  We come together as the UNC Charlotte Writing Project to talk about our teaching and our work with our colleagues in professional development.  We gather to think deeply about our work. "How does...
The dinging reminds me that an email has arrived in my box.  The electronic whistle says that someone has posted to Skype chat.  TweetDeck chirps messages to the top of my computer screen. Flipbook organizes Facebook and Twitter posts on my Ipad . . . Cindy Urbanski    Morning writers! Are you ready for our writing sprint?  Let's go--8:00-10:00.  Are you ready?  1,2,3 go . . . 7:56 am Our...
“So, tell me about what you are writing…” Suitcases are piled into the trunk, someone’s coffee cup has found a decent perch in the door pocket, and the GPS voice seems to have left us alone with 63 miles before we should veer off of I-85.   In a car full of UNC Charlotte Writing Project teachers this is just about the time that someone starts out: “What’s happening with your assessment/play/...

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