“At this point, learning to code is simply about understanding how the world functions.”

Chris Bosh wrote a pretty nerdy piece this week for Wired (that is, after making an appearance on Code.org’s call-to-action video).  In the piece, he reflects on growing up in a household with “extremely geeky parents that were constantly testing gadgets and flashing mad AutoCAD skills”.  And I wonder where I got to where I Read More …

My #UIWP13 writing process, visualized: How #UIWP2012 built relationships for collaborative writing

Philosopher, I am not. My next big piece of writing, however, is taking me into the realm of academe. “Scaffolding Conversations about Writing in Google Docs: An Inquiry into Feedback and Revision” is a proposed and accepted title that I am drafting with a great colleague and thought partner, Becca Woodard (@BeccaWoodard), who I met Read More …

Watching #UIWP13 tech growth: Some suggestions for TC’s next steps… @CommonSense

This has been my first year as a Teacher Consultant (TC) for the University of Illinois Writing Project (UIWP), where I have been tasked with coordinating and supporting our digital literacy projects.  Each year of the UIWP’s Summer Institute (SI) brings a new collection of digital media that UIWP SI participants/”fellows” produce themselves.  Through a series of Read More …

My earliest memory of writing #UIWP13 #UIWP2012

This is a reaction to a prompt presented to #UIWP2012 fellow during orientation: What is your earliest memory of writing?  In returning to my Drafts page on my blog, I happened upon it now in #UIWP13 and have decided to finish what I started My evolution into a writer from being an artist is the Read More …

Why do *I* have to facilitate discussion? Facilitating book talks that start with student inquiry #uiwp2012 #PBLchat

When I started the year, I had 56 students in one of my sections and 50-some in another.  (Want to try your hand at trying to manage that classroom on the first week?)  As the year goes on, my classes get smaller, due to our transient student body at my school — kids move, transfer Read More …

The Writing Revolution: Dealing with the bitterness

I spent a lot of time thinking about writing today.  The University of Illinois Writing Project held its fall miniconference.  While I was not presenting, it has been a good time to put new lenses on my writing instruction. Earlier in the week, I was prompted by a Tweet to think more about what some writing Read More …

Looking for commentary on reform: The kids’ books always get it right

In the past few months, I have been (unintentionally) returning to some of my earliest literacy experiences.  (This could, in part, be due to a video I had to create with The University of Illinois Writing Project, actually.) In preparation for an upcoming term paper and then a presentation, I have been thinking a lot Read More …