Category Archives: teaching writing

Looking back at #NCTE19 (from Tuesday in Colorado in 23 inches of snow)

“Process all you heard today and set your intentions from here on out.” –Sara Ahmed I intended to write this post on the plane on the way home, but the internet wasn’t working. I reviewed my notes in my writer’s … Continue reading

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Weekends without school work? Is it actually possible?

Yes! It IS possible to have weekends without school work. We’re several weeks into second semester, and somehow I’ve succeeded in not having to do any school work on the weekends. (Except for reading the books I teach. That I … Continue reading

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Write More, Grade Less. Come see us at #NCTE18 (M.49)

With Monday off for Veterans’ Day, we’re looking at two more days of teaching before we are Houston-bound! Can’t wait to catch up, NCTE peeps, and to meet new folks too. Join us for this important conversation–bring your ideas so … Continue reading

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Where I Want to Improve my AP Lit Reading/Writing Workshop #WorkshopWorksForAP

I walked away from my first year back to AP Lit this year in many feeling a sense of accomplishment. Students seemed engaged. I loved hanging out with them every day. They learned some things. They worked hard. We laughed … Continue reading

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Writer’s Notebooks in AP Lit #WorkshopWorksForAP

The writer’s notebook is a key piece to a workshop classroom. Whatever you call it–response notebook, reader’s/writer’s notebook–the idea is that it becomes an extension of a student’s brain, the place to work out ideas, reflect, plan, wonder, ponder, keep … Continue reading

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Sharing the Feedback Load With Your Students #WorkshopWorksForAP

Our students need to write frequently, every day even if we can swing it. But at a typical student load of 150 or more students for each teacher, it’s simply not possible for us to read and respond to every … Continue reading

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Heading to Houston for #NCTE18

We look forward to this conversation with you in November:

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The importance of writing with your students… #WorkshopWorksForAP

I’m teaching AP Lit for the first time in about fifteen years this year. And I’ve started doing something that I never did in those years before: I’m doing the timed writings I ask of them. When they sit down … Continue reading

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“Don’t mess with the teachers, dude.” #NCTE17

Well we’re here. St. Louis. In the shadow of the arch. Surrounded by our people (that’s the best part). Like I’ve done for NCTE the last several years, I’m writing this evening to pull together what I thought about today … Continue reading

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A moment of clarity that helped my AP Lit students see exactly why I don’t put grades on their writing

This will have to be quick. I need to get some other writing done. But there was a moment this week with my AP Lit students that really clarified why I don’t put grades or points on my students’ writing. … Continue reading

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