teaching writing

Resources in this collection have emerged from a growing partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) and the National Writing Project (NWP) designed to bolster connected learning opportunities within the national parks and reach more young visitors and educators.
Notable notes is my attempt to curate my social media feeds and recognize some of the most notable ideas and resources to flow across my consciousness this week.   This week I chose to use a mix of MyTopTweet and FavStar to select the top Tweets I wanted to share:   The first resource I want to share came from one of my favorite resources, the National Writing Project Digital Is, and was created...
cross-posted from DML Central In a recent piece at Locus, Cory Doctorow argues: Computers are the children of the human race’s mind, and as they become intimately involved in new aspects of our lives, we keep stumbling into semantic minefields, where commonly understood terms turn out to have no single, well-agreed-upon meaning across all parts of society. As an example, Doctorow gives the "real...
Keywords: writing, teaching, pedagogy
My students are creating posters featuring six-word memoirs and artwork inspired by their reading to promote class discussion and their writing. At my institution our Writing II class is based on using a reader and it is intended for students to read, analyze, and evaluate diverse texts across disciplines in class discussions and in writing. The big problem is that students don’t want to read...
I am curious as a cat which I think has a great deal to with my career choices. Sure journalism is a lot about writing but it is also about questions and the search for truth (at least if done right, not the way it seems to be practiced by big media today). Similarly teaching has to be (again if done right) about a constant quest for knowledge and answers to the questions sparked by your classes...
As my regular followers know, I am passionate about using cell phones as a digital tool in my classroom.  In addition, I have really enjoyed exploring Celly in my classroom, a texting platform that allows my students to communicate through text messaging on their cell phones.  What is really nice for me as a teacher who teaches in a low-income, rural district, Celly allows my students to use...
"Listening to works of art and participating in a conversation with them can produce exciting and shifting responses in each of us: poems, stories, self-portraits, essays, and other creative works are generated that 'talk back' to the visual stimulus." (xv) The power of bringing together visual art and writing is something that all museum educators have likely experienced at one time or another...
I am late in posting this I realize. But as a fundamentally visual reader, I continue to get distracted and excited every time I see this out of the corner of my eye in my Pinterest collection. I think it is so beautiful that I decided that I need to just stop and share it here.   This is a beautiful Pinterest board that Bud Hunt put together for a session we organized with several others...
Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, director of National Programs and Site Development at the National Writing Project, was interviewed at the recent Digital Media and Learning Conference about writing in today's context and in the future, as well as the role of educators in teaching writing.  ...Now we can see that the tools are not the issue and, in fact, they are becoming ever easier to use. They allow us to...
Reposted from DMLCentral.net For years, a common method for teaching writing in elementary and secondary school was the five paragraph essay. Lately this style of essay has fallen out of favor, for a variety of reasons. However, one of the most compelling reasons to avoid teaching the five paragraph essay is that it is a form of writing that isn't really found out in the wild. That is, you don't...

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