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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 is Multi Literacy? - Anna Haschke, Sergio Rushing, Carla Vangrove   Multiliteracy is a fairly new term that has come about because the way people are communicating is changing due to new technologies.  Not only are their shifts in the way English is used within various cultures, but we are redefining what it means to read and what it means to compose.  Written text is not the only way in...
Speak about mobile technologies in most any school setting and you’re likely to find frenetic conversation about the role of these technologies in facilitating learning. You’ll find educators trading app recommendations, discussing the productivity possible through mobile phones, tablets, and the like. They discuss notetaking, the dissemination of class resources, and the opportunities of all...
Several colleagues of mine who teach at the University level have asked me, over time, about their preservice and/or other graduate students engaging here at the NWP Digital Is website and community. Writing Project sites too often organize and convene local study groups and other forms of group learning among educators. I thought I would take a moment then and share a few views into some ways I'...
What does it mean to be literate in the 21st century? What does it mean to be a global citizen? And what role might literature play in understanding this world we share?WorldLiterate is a site founded to explore these key questions. WorldLiterate is an open access collection inviting everyone to explore the many worlds of literature. The vast and various journeys captured in world literature have...
(This is reposted from my blog) Like many of you, I am sure, I remember saving money in college by buying used books. I really hated the concept of using someone else’s books for class because I always wanted a pristine copy of the textbook or novel that I could mark up as I saw fit. Instead, I had to deal with someone else’s version of main ideas and interesting points highlighted in (mostly)...

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