These are resources from my classroom and my teacher workshops that I sell here on-line to fund this little website of mine.
I started out as just a little old Northern Nevada teacher-trainer in 1996. Many years later, I am proud to say that I have now presented teacher workshops and student demonstration lessons in seventeen different states. I have also sold materials from all my trainings to all 50 of the 50 United States, as well as to Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Central America, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
At my face-to-face workshops for teachers, I freely share and discuss every resource that can be found on these various pages of my website. My work with the Northern Nevada Writing Project taught me this generosity. I have been given to countless times by amazing teachers, and so I freely give back to the teachers with whom I work directly.
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Here's the chance to support Corbett's work and get great classroom tested writing materials at a very good price.
Summary: In this conference presentation given at the Lehigh Valley Writing Project, Dr. Dorfman outlines what's possible in writing and instruction, for both students and teachers, using exemplary texts as a guide.
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Mentor texts are the natural way to blend writing and reading. Here's video of a recent workshop on the topic.
Poetry and social media join forces in April, as Tell Me More celebrates National Poetry Month with the Muses and Metaphor series. We'll feature poems exchanged via Twitter by NPR fans — always in 140 characters or fewer.
I recently stumbled upon a delightful little book calledAdvice to Writers, “a compendium of quotes, anecdotes, and writerly wisdom from a dazzling array of literary lights,” originally published in 1999. From how to find a good agent to what makes characters compelling, it spans the entire spectrum of the aspirational and the utilitarian, covering grammar, genres, material, money, plot, plagiarism, and, of course, encouragement.
In the spring and summer of 2013, we are piloting the use of one of the VALUE rubrics as a way to evaluate student learning. The 2013 pilot project will use the written communication rubric to evaluate samples of work from new freshmen and from students who are close to graduation.
"An increased focus on nonfiction is among the changes accompanying the new Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. Some say that middle-grade students who can read and understand complex nonfiction texts will be better able to meet these standards and will be better prepared to meet the demands of college and careers.
"In Part I of this MiddleWeb SmartBrief special report, we examine the role nonfiction is playing in the transition to the common core as well as some of the reasoning behind the changes. "
But when asked whether today's digital technologies are narrowing or widening the gap between the most and least academically successful students in an individual classroom, 44 percent of teachers said technology is narrowing the gap and 56 percent said it is widening the gap, suggesting that teachers are divided on the role technology can have on broadening or diminishing the digital divide among students.
The most meaningful writing students can do is to write their memoirs, notes Greg Graham, who teaches writing at the University of Central Arkansas. "Putting a narrative frame on our past -- especially our struggles -- promotes perspective and self-awareness that are otherwise out of reach for most people," he writes. The benefits of memoir writing are demonstrated through the movie "Precious," Graham writes, in which an abused teenage girl is able to make headway in life through writing. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/29)
This article uses the co-teaching experiences of workshop instructors at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries as a basis for an in-depth exploration of the factors that lead to successful co-teaching arrangements among librarians and other information professionals. The experiences of these instructors demonstrate that co-teaching can provide numerous benefits: It can enhance the learning experience for students, it can provide a method for refining teaching skills, it can promote successful collaborations across departments, and it can bring innovative ideas into the classroom. Drawing on collaboration research from the Wilder Foundation, this study found that successful co-teaching relationships are characterized by factors related to environment, partnerships, process and structure, communication, purpose, resources, and external/long-term considerations. Within these seven areas, guidelines for successful co-teaching relationships have been formulated for use by librarians and other information professionals.”
Here's one of my original writer's notebook lessons. To assist our students as they pre-write in their Writer's Notebooks for ideas that will becomeWriting Workshop topics, my wonderful wife (Dena Harrison), a fabulous fellow NNWP Consultant (Jenny Hoy), and I conceived and created nineChoice Menus for Notebooks/Workshop during a recertification class we took during Spring Break of 2012. In August of 2012, we will make available for the first time the entire set of nine menus which we will begin using this September. Each culturally-themed menu comes with five sections, each with three choices: appetizers, soup, salad, entrees, and desserts. Students can earn a special notebook sticker by making a complete "meal" using the different sections of the menu.
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