cross class collaboration

Aini is a graduate student from China. She was particularly inspiring to my students because she shared so openly what it was like to be a student from China in a college class. She talked about the challenges of learning and using academic language at the same time. She also shared what it was like being a student in China and how different it is here in the United States. She made my students...
Andres IMG_1709.mov  Andres is a student who I have worked with over the past three years as an English Learner. He did not see himself as a writer, and over the past three years has had many ups and downs in his educational career. But being part of a digital writing world matters to Andres. It has provided him the opportunity to share his ideas and work in ways the traditional classroom does...
Lamees is another student who has bloomed in this digital space. A very quiet and shy young lady, she had difficulty finding her space in our boisterous classroom. She has also been part of this writing space for two years, and has goals of attending college. In participating in this particular project, she saw herself on a college campus. By the middle of the school year she tested out of our...
"We need to think hard about how we talk about writing to our colleagues, to our students, to ourselves. Language, as the linguists tell us, is also the language of thought." Ralph Fletcher As Christine and I embarked on this journey, she shared that although her students were comfortable consuming digital media, they seemed reluctant to produce on their own at least in the educational...
"Connected learning takes root when young people find peers who share interests, when academic institutions recognize and make interest-driven learning relevant to school, and when community institutions provide resources and safe spaces for more peer driven forms of learning.” Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design The San Diego Writing Project has had a focus for the past few...