writers

  crwp.jpeg The goal of this College Ready Writers Program resource is to support students as they explore audience and purpose for their letter, gather information from multiple texts, and write and edit a complete draft. Can be taught in 4-5 days. Also includes a set of texts about the issue of addiction.
I teach a course for students who are scoring below proficient on the writing exams we administer in Colorado. The idea for hte course came about five years ago. If we can create a safe space for students to write, they will improve. We facilitate a writing workshop model for our students and it has proven successful. Last year I ran into problems because my students were more engaged with their...
           In the summer of 2013, the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University hired Bridgeport teacher-of-the-year, Shaun Mitchell, to be a digital liaison and supporter of 21st century literacies. Mitchell provided Connected Learning between the teacher Invitational Summer Institute and Young Writers’ Institutes held on Fairfield’s campus. Mitchell, who teaches English and Drama at...
The Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University just completed its first week of the Invitational Summer Institute where we began to make summer, to connect our learning, and to question what digital writing actually is. There were a few changes made with this summer's programs, however, for very specific reasons. The Young Writers' Institutes hosted at our campus have grown robust and...
The Communications Director for my school district contacted me last week. She had Googled my name (while writing a press release for the superintendent) and was very intrigued by a link that appeared from the Digital Is website: On Becoming Change Writers, a reflective piece I co-authored on engaging students, teachers, and community activists in thinking deeply about their world and in using...
I post this to the NWP community to share news of a Silver Key award given from Scholastic on a series of photographs called "The Writer's Notebook" (click the link to view) (or copy & paste: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wmkolb/8411508773/in/set-72157632600145839/). Accompanying William Kolb's photographs was an artist statement explaining the importance of handing a blank notebook to a child...
This is my first venture into the digital NWP. I am interested in becoming more involved. I retired from teaching English, I still teach GED prep at the Brevard County Jail, and I would like to be involved in NWP if they ahve a place for retired teachers.
Teaching writing does not have to be this way: Assign a random or irrelevant writing prompt with teacher as sole audience or an unknown audience. Expect impeccable writing skills from every student.  Skip any type of modeling of the type of writing to be done. Students should all know how to write by now.  Provide no rubric, or checklist or give rubrics and checklists students don't understand. ...
Original photograph by Buffy Hamilton As part of our makerspace initiative this year (please see this blog post and this slidedeck here) and inspired by the work of the Sacramento Public Library, one of my focal points is thinking about ways the library can support creating communities of readers and writers who are crafting and composing texts (and I use the term text rather liberally).  The...
  From 1992-2008, I was an English Language Arts teacher at schools in Massachusetts, South Carolina and North Carolina. During those years, the question I pose above – “Where does the writing fit?” – wasn’t something I asked myself.  During my 1st year of teaching, I encountered Nanci Atwell’s In the Middle, and from there on out, my primary goal was to help students become confident,...

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