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 …

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 …

building bridges with blogging: now connected to some great authors

This morning, I woke to the a Google Alert on my name to find that I had been mentioned in a recent post by author Vicki Spandel on one of her blogs.  I have written about some of Spandel’s work and also used it as a basis for my argument in my New Tech Network Read More …

T-minus 3, 2, 1… We have NTAC Ignit-ion! @newtechnetwork #ntac12

So, this is what the big moment looks like. After weeks of writing and rewrites…Memorizing and practicing and rewriting… I am finally sitting in the front row of the ball room at the 2013 NewTech Annual Conference (#NTAC12), ready to take the stage with my heart pounding and my brain running at lightspeed. For this Read More …