Writing Category

Publish or Perish

As I work to put together a presentation for my colleagues on digital publishing, I can’t help but be struck by how emphatically all of the national standards demand that we give students the opportunity to publish: ISTE International Standards for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standard 1: Creativity and innovation: Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct  knowledge, and […]

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Hsilgne: Flipped Instruction in the English Classroom

Flipped instruction is everywhere these days… but how does that translate into the English classroom?  When I first learned about flipped instruction, I assumed that it was a natural fit for content-heavy courses like science and history, but I struggled to make the flip work in my English course, which centers on skills. After working […]

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Perfect Portfolios: Easy Templates for Student Writing

In terms of best practices, portfolios are pretty close to the top of the list. The rise of 1:1 and cloud-based storage means that asking students to evaluate, revise and curate their own work is getting easier every minute. And, colleges and employers are increasingly considering students’ portfolios in lieu of traditional applications.  At the […]

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Creating Audience

While providing students with an authentic audience for all of their writing is something with which I still struggle, I have been broadening my approaches to allowing students to share work with one another.  What I’ve found is that asking students to move between the roles of writer and reader with their own work has […]

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Permission to Create

Bloom’s tells us that the highest level of cognition is creation – that in order to create, we must first be able to remember, understand, apply, analyze, evaluate and synthesize.   However, in my classroom, and I would venture to say, my school site, that step of creation is viewed as far less significant than the […]

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Take Two: Putting Writing First in the New Year

The new semester stands before us (insert your favorite clean slate metaphor here); the first semester of 1:1, in my case at least, behind.  Like bloggers everywhere, I was tempted to do a year-end round up, but in the flurry of getting up to snuff, tech-wise, I still decidedly feel that the big insights are […]

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Linked In – Innovative Writing

How many times have you heard that as 21st century educators, our job is to help students to become curators of content – rather than just consumers?  Even the Common Core standards ask students to draw from a variety of sources both in their reading (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.7)  and in their writing (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.11-12.2a ) .  But, in […]

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Google Docs Comments + Video = Magic

With up to 35 students in any class, and having previously taught as many as 43 in a single period, one of the biggest struggles I face is giving students meaningful, personal comments, particularly when it comes to writing assignments.  It’s a constant battle between making the same remark repeatedly, and offering the student a […]

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3 Quick Tips For Getting Students Blogging

Never before have I had to ask students to finish up their writing.  In my experience, students usually throw down their pencils in triumph after three sentences – not after having typed furiously for 20 minutes.  So, I was completely surprised – and stifling giggles – when I had to ask my juniors and seniors […]

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