Education, Illustration, learning, Literacy, writing

The Limits of Primary Writing Journals

Two years ago this April, I wrote a post for The Educator Collaborative's Community Blog that articulated my feelings about the need for educators to offer their student writers more "freedom" in their compositional work. It was called "Math, Literacy, and the Need for More Blank Paper," and, upon rereading the post, I'm happy to… Continue reading The Limits of Primary Writing Journals

Education, learning, Literacy, reading, writing

(UPDATED!) Expecting Too Much–and Too Little–of Literacy Teachers

I was reading a professional text recently that, in many ways, moved me to nod my head so frequently as I was reading that I looked like one of those bobble head turtles that you find at every craft fair and flea market. There was so much I loved about what the authors had to say about… Continue reading (UPDATED!) Expecting Too Much–and Too Little–of Literacy Teachers

Education, Illustration, learning

Hey Teach #3 (Comic)

Hello educator friends, Over the past several years--hell, for almost two decades now--I've been thinking a lot about how to express my discomfort with the dichotomous nature of a lot that we see, hear, and talk about in education. For example, I've written about growth mindset before here, and about the messages about learning we… Continue reading Hey Teach #3 (Comic)

Education, learning, Literacy

Write On: Short, Easy Ways to Nurture Your Writing Habit

I'm going to point out a nasty, embarrassing truth here: most teachers of writing are not themselves writers. That's not to imply that all writing teachers must be authors of their own books, or regular contributors to professional journals, or even fillers of countless notebooks year after year; after all, most teachers of science are not themselves… Continue reading Write On: Short, Easy Ways to Nurture Your Writing Habit

Education, Literacy

The Problem with (Most) Units of Study

There are hundreds of people making hundreds of thousands--some, even millions-- of dollars off of the business of developing units of study for reading and writing. As a classroom teacher, I was a fan of units of study, albeit ones that I personally developed each summer in between beach days while my kids were holed up in… Continue reading The Problem with (Most) Units of Study