"What Writers Really Need:  A Trifecta of Teaching Moves That Revolutionize Writing Instruction"

May 13, 2017

A few questions for you:

  • Have you noticed that when you correct writing, students often pay little attention to those corrections and their writing does not seem to evolve from those corrections?
  • Do your students seem to approach writing as a task to complete rather than an expression of their voice and ideas?

"3 Moves to Awaken Dormant Writers"

March 30, 2017

We all know these writers: they may sit and stare at the blank page for ages, visit the bathroom for most of writing time, distract others, and even shed tears when asked to write. These are the dormant writers who keep us up at night worrying and wondering what we can do to help them believe in themselves and discover the power writing can bring to their lives. 


"Looking for a Fresh, New Design for PD? Try a Residency, Part 2"

March 23, 2017

Although most people associate a residency with learning in the medical field, I shared the value of a literacy residency in last week's post. Here is my day-by-day plan of a four-day residency. Day 1: The literacy leader teaches and the participants observe...

 

"Looking for a Fresh, New Design for PD? Try a Residency, Part 1"

March 16, 2017

We most often picture residency programs to happen within the medical field, but this learning design is gaining ground in the education world. I define a residency in the education world to be professional learning that takes place across a number of consecutive days within one classroom...

 

"The Power of NOT Answering Content-Specific Questions"

March 13, 2017

I challenge all teachers to try this daily: forget all you know as an expert of your content area. Yes, I am asking that, for a moment, pretend you cannot remember all you have learned as you followed your passion as a reader, writer, historian, chemist, artist, athlete, chef, or whatever your expertise may be.

 

"Help Students Reflect and Set Goals for Powerful Learning"

February 14, 2017

Reflection is the stickiest glue for the brain. When students take time to consider what they have learned and how they have grown, the learning is longer lasting and much more impactful. As John Dewey has written, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.”