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 …

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 …

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 …

You are now free to move about your mind: #UIWP2012 week3 reflection

Seventy-five percent: it’s hard to think that I am three-quarters of the way done with the 2012 University of Illinois Writing Project summer institute.  In the past week, I have really been able to narrow my focus on what I want to present in my second video and in my eventual teaching demonstration.  I’ve been reading Read More …

Echo Literacy Tasks: a roadmap to integrating Common Core

As the site Literacy Facilitator at my New Tech school, I’ve been faced this year with just a bit more than anyone else making the transition to a PBL or 1:1 classroom.  After the New Tech Annual Conference last August, I had some of my foundations shaken by how much student empowerment was going to Read More …