responsibility

Merriam-Websters definition of diversity states, “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements.” In the classroom context we have to understand diversity is seen not only in the fact that all students are differing in their identities, but their opinions and ability levels as well. The idea of diversity is often times confused with the actual root-issue of diversity, in that...
A few weeks ago, Cindy O’Donnell-Allen and Antero Garcia, both professors in the English department at Colorado State University and fellow NWP colleagues, shared with me via e-mail that students in their pre-service teaching courses would be taking a closer look at a resource I developed earlier this year on Digital Is, offering me full warning that my inbox would be full of notification e-mails...
Our need statement reads: Fred and Bowen need to develop pilot programs to build more support for student centered learning. The design process for developing pilot programs that we generated through our 3rd Space experiences was a model for the plan we designed. This plan can be used for different types of collaborative community education programs and can serve as a template for our student...
At the 3rd Space Conference in St. Louis, MO, July 9-13, TC Bowen Lee and Associate Director Fred Mindlin participated in a multi-site, multi-organization collaborative development experience, grounded in the responsive design model developed by the Piasa Bluffs Writing Project and the Cultural Landscape Collaboratory (CoLab). We discussed site needs for programmatic work that will support...
Grounded in the National Writing Project’s teachers teaching teachers model, the CoLab is a community of diverse and accomplished K – University practicing teacher-researchers conceptualizing our classrooms, schools, districts and learning settings as cultural landscapes for learning. We originate as the Piasa Bluffs Writing Project at SIUE, and are a growing community of NWP sites confabulating...
Youth practice recording, interviewing, writing, rehearsing, editing, and presenting throughout media literacy programs, but what other skills do they practice and master in these programs that will help them in life? This resource examines the life skills that young producers gain through their participation in one of two Philadelphia-area media literacy programs. As a Stoneleigh Junior Fellow...
Third grade students use a way of peer conferencing on a WIKI called TAG. 
Teachers Teaching Teachers - 10/14/09 - Conferring and Response in the Digital Writing Workshop Troy Hicks, Melissa Pomerantz, Heather Lewis, and Joe Bellino. Hosted by Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim. Response is the most powerful way for writer's to grow, so we want to think about assessment, and how students give and receive feedback. Here, we talk about what it means for teachers to provide...
For over five years, the Teachers Teaching Teachers webcast has provided a number of educators, especially those affiliated with the NWP, a forum in which to share their work.  In the fall of 2009, I co-hosted three episodes of "Teachers Teaching Teachers" where we invited colleagues featured in The Digital Writing Workshop to share their ideas about teaching in a digital writing workshop. Then,...
Keywords: literature, response, texts
After reading Patricia Polacco's Chicken Sunday, the kids and I made our own hat shop, and May shot this video of the play story. As the children either watched it on the camera screen (which they liked to do immediately), on the classroom computers, or at circle time, our version of Chicken Sunday gained value as a reading text.  Since  we used some of the same reading response strategies with...

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