Whenever my students and I come to the end of any novel study, I’ve always struggled with finding that perfect and elusive “closing” activity—the lesson that can somehow do justice to our novel study before we move on to the next text. While we often… Read More
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Slice of Life: Embarrassment
It was the first day of class, and we talked about embarrassment. Not in the “share your most embarrassing moment” get-to-know/team-building exercise way. One of the most embarrassing moments of my teaching was when I went to school with two different shoes on. And as… Read More
Rhythm and Grace: The Music (and Fluency) of Sentences
I had the pleasure of presenting at PAWLP’s Writing in the 21st Century Mini-Conference, with a specific focus on the Six Traits, on March 19, 2016, at the West Chester University Graduate Business Center. My particular presentation was on the trait of sentence fluency; thanks… Read More
Fostering a Reading/Writing Life Using Independent Reading
Presented on October 16, 2015, at the PA Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (PCTELA) Annual Conference, Harrisburg, PA. CLICK HERE TO VIEW PRESENTATION. Feel free to browse this site for additional materials and ideas. Much of the information shared in the presentation is… Read More
On the Need for Peer Response
Irecently had the opportunity to present at Strategies for Writing, a PA Writing/Literature course. One of my writing institute colleagues was teaching the course and asked me to come in to present on using peer response groups in the classroom (she knew that I had… Read More
From the Classroom: What Does Real-World Writing Look Like?
Speaking on a panel at the NCTE Annual Convention last fall, author Cris Crutcher commented, “Reading Shakespeare is an academic exercise. It’s not one that’s going to get me to love reading.” Though I disagree with him about Shakespeare―I think studying Shakespeare can give us tremendous insight into… Read More
Write Beside Them: Effective Peer Response Groups
Presented at Strategies for Teaching Writing, at the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project (PAWLP), July 2015
The Latest and Greatest: Notes from ISTE 2015
Presented at Digital Writing 2.0 at the PA Writing and Literature Project, July 2015
Multigenre Visual Tools for Writing
Presented at the Summer Invitational Writing Institute at the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project, West Chester University. July 2015.
From the Classroom: If You Build It, They Will Come: The Classroom Library
Three years ago, my first attempt at a classroom library was a collection of titles that I’d read during and after college. Well-loved copies of books like A Farewell to Arms, Pride and Prejudice, and Mrs. Dalloway sat along side more contemporary fiction I read for… Read More
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