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by Sharon Murchie and Janet Neyer   We met in 2015 at the Chippewa River Writing Project’s Summer Institute. Janet was a returning CRWP Teacher Consultant and Sharon was a Red Cedar Writing Project Teacher Consultant joining the CRWP for the summer.  When given the opportunity in the institute to fashion our own inquiry project on writing, we both identified the research process as an area that...
Research papers often get a bad reputation. But we conduct research all the time in our everyday lives. Whether we want to understand civic issues or make a major life purchase, we need research skills to sift through all the information. Research writing skills students practice in the classroom need to transfer to their lives too. The most powerful opportunities for this kind of academic...
The apps and extensions that help power our Google Apps for Education paperless classroom   This is the third in a five-part series about favorite apps and extensions for Google Chrome and Google Drive.   In the first post in this series, I covered some essential tools for managing the new apps and extensions that you’ll want to add to your Chrome browser. In the second, I shared tools that help...
This post appeared earlier today at my blog. I intended to blog about writing commentaries with my students in this post, but my thoughts went in a different direction this week. In Chapter 4 of In the Middle, Nancie Atwell recounts a visit to her classroom from the legendary writer and teacher Don Graves. At the end of the day Graves came and stood in my doorway with his coat on, smiling. “What...
I am researching research. I know, it all sounds very meta. But following my tenth grade English students' completion of our 20% time research projects, I wondered just how much of a difference, if any, this type of inquiry-based research writing assignment made for my practicing writers. And so I ended up undertaking a type of research that was quite similar to the research writing that I was...
The original posting can be viewed here. In class today (Wed. 4/10), we talked about the structure of the research process. I compared using the library resources and search engines to going to the museum; the library itself is the museum building (AMNH), the databases like “Biographies in Context” or “Novelist” are like the different wings (Hall of Ocean Life, Hall of NY State Environment), the...
This unit introduces middle school students to infographics, what they are and are not, leading to a mini-research project where students create their own infographics.
At a recent American Educational Research Association conference, I ran a workshop with colleagues from around the country (Betsy DiSalvo, Mark Chen, Katie Davis, Nettrice Gaskins) on Understanding Digital Inequalities. We spent 90 minutes with scholars from all over the country examining our evolving understanding of the digital divide. In my opening comments at the workshop, I argued that the...
From the beginning of Digital Is, Red Cedar Writing Project (RCWP) Teacher Consultants have been involved with creating resources, as well as reading and reflecting both publicly in digital spaces, such as through the Digital Is blog or Twitter feed, and less publicly, in face-to-face or virtual discussions with smaller groups of teachers. Most recently, RCWP Teacher Consultants focused our work...
Whitney Burke posted a fascinating interview with Amy Stornaiuolo at DML Central, April 26, 2013. Because it deals with teachers and students using a social network for content sharing and discussion, we are reposting here. See below for the interview. While young people are often adept at navigating networked spaces for social purposes in their everyday lives, it is less clear what role schools...

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