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 …

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 …

Contention 1 for @newtechnetwork #echoAV | Value of “talk” in feedback and assessment

In my quest for generating more authentic feedback in writing, I often find myself drawn to conversations, whether they are synchronous or asynchronous.  We know our pedagogy is strengthened by feedback that helps students grow, understand and better communicate their thoughts or work products.  When we hold writing conferences, we realize a truth that we may Read More …

@newtechnetwork Bring on the A/V to Echo Tasks! #echoAV

Over the past two weeks, as part of the 2012 University of Illinois Writing Project summer institute (#UIWP2012), so many passionate teachers who love writing and who want to see the teaching of writing improved have surrounded me.  Each day in the Writing Project, we have immersed ourselves in writing, reading and conversations that have Read More …

joy to the written word on the first day of #uiwp2012

This morning marks the first day of my experience in the University of Illinois Writing Project and probably of a new vision for writing instruction in my career.  We opened with an activity where we drew out a visualization of a recent writing process that we experienced on a sheet of transparency “paper”.  My collage more Read More …