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As any teacher can attest to, trying to be innovative in an industrial-era model of school is challenging. This blog post details some of the issues I faced as my students moved forward with their projects and negitiated the new model I set up. Some things we were able to work around with grant money and a little brainstorming, other things like school policy, stymied their progress. From January...
They keep telling me I have to tell the story of my work. They keep saying, "You have to write it down or the moment will pass.  Someone else will write it.  And it will no longer be yours." In the last year, my inkwell has been quite dry, used up by difficult days in teaching, graduate school, presentations, changing jobs, learning new systems in new places.... The list continues. Over this...
"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...
When my colleagues and I redesigned our school’s senior project, dubbed Project Connect, we wanted to emphasize connected learning concepts (see Helping Kids Get Connected). Doing so meant beginning to change our conversations about the texts we create in our classes and for their projects, so that students can begin to shed the notion that writing is a stagnant interaction between students and...
What happens when high school freshmen discuss "reading," "text," and "identity" and are given Flip cameras to communicate to a methods class of pre-service English teachers what they see as their identities as readers and writers? "Literacy in Our Lives" as an activity grew out of the "Motives for Reading" Unit in The Teachers' Strategy Guide: Reading in a Participatory Culture" (slated to be...