writing process

Digital Writing My friend Kevin Hodgson [@dogtrax] considers the definition of digital writing on his blog, Kevin's Meandering Mind. He thoughtfully considers "writing," "composing," and "digital writing." I agree with all his assertions, except one. I consider blogging to be digital writing. The blog post could be the central focus of a presentation, linking to images, resources, and videos...
Ten things I've learned during this research project are: 10.  Changed my topic a few times 9. Separating pedagogy of Curriculum and Instruction 8.  Instruction as methods 7.  Curriculum as programs 6.  Student engagement in using instructional methods 5.  Writing across the curriculum 4.  Educators, Writers, and Friends - Networking, inquiry, sharing, relationship building 3.  Modeling the...
As part of a successful bond proposal, my school district was able to update infrastructure making all our school buildings wireless. They also purchased SmartBoards and iPads.  I knew I wanted to integrate this technology into my third grade curriculum to increase the learning potential for each of my students. My colleagues were also excited about the cart of iPads and quickly began filling...
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. ...
This year I have followed the work of Jennifer Graham-Wright who teaches sixth grade language arts at Walton Middle School. Jennifer is one of those rare educators who will plunge into making changes in practice with some immediacy if she sees the change as benefitting the young people she serves. This year, she changed learning spaces over the winter holidays, moving to an environment of caves,...
An historical perspective like the one I’ve sketched out here helps us understand an increasingly important role for writing: to foster a new kind of citizenship, one that has roots in an earlier time but that is being reimagined today. --Kathleen Blake Yancey, NCTE Past President  Screen shot 2010-10-22 at 2.00.52 PM.png Kathleen Blake Yancey calls for support of...