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Listening Skills - The 10 Principles of Listening | SkillsYouNeed

Listening Skills are vital for interpersonal communication. How well do you listen? Learn about the 10 principles of listening and improve your communication.
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Thought I'd put this under feeding the writer because Listening is a key ingredient to writing great dialogue. 

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Announcing Our 2015-16 Student Contest Calendar ^ NY Times ^ by Michael Gonchar and Katherine Schulten

Announcing Our 2015-16 Student Contest Calendar ^ NY Times ^ by Michael Gonchar and Katherine Schulten | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
This year we’re bringing back our popular annual editorial, vocabulary, poetry, rap and summer reading contests, but we’re also adding two new contests to the roster.

In the first, which we’ll announce in mid-September, students will be invited to create editorial cartoons. In the second, which we’ll run beginning in mid-October, students will be challenged to write reviews — whether of books, video games, concerts, restaurants or anything else The Times covers.

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These contests provide awesome, challenging, authentic writing opportunities for students.

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Narrative Pull: How to Keep Your Readers Glued to the Page

Narrative Pull:  How to Keep Your Readers Glued to the Page | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Why is it important?
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We all know the basic story arc - this gives specifics on how to create tension in the rising action that pulls the reader toward the climax.

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Art and the Mind’s Eye: How Drawing Trains You to See the World More Clearly and to Live with a Deeper Sense of Presence ^ brain pickings ^ by Maria Popova

Art and the Mind’s Eye: How Drawing Trains You to See the World More Clearly and to Live with a Deeper Sense of Presence ^ brain pickings ^ by Maria Popova | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

"John Ruskin (February 8, 1819–January 20, 1900) examined the psychology of why drawing helps us see the world more richly in a fantastic piece unambiguously titled Essay on the Relative Dignity of the Studies of Painting and Music, and the Advantages to be Derived from Their Pursuit, penned when he was only nineteen. It is included in the first volume of the altogether indispensable The Works of John Ruskin (public library | free ebook).

It’s a beautiful meditation triply timely today, in an age when we — having succumbed to the “aesthetic consumerism” of photography — are likelier to view the world through our camera phones and likelier still to point those at ourselves rather than at nature’s infinite and infinitely overlooked enchantments. To draw today is to reclaim the dignity and private joy of seeing amid a culture obsessed with looking in public."


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Learning to draw and paint as added much to my writing process -- from how I pay more attention to the world around me as well as my perspective on first drafts and revision.

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More Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Writing ^ Daily Teaching Tools ^ by Chad Manis

More Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Writing ^ Daily Teaching Tools ^ by Chad Manis | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
The free graphic organizers that I offer on this page come from the collection of 50 More WRITERizers, the successor of 50 WRITERizers, which has generated loads of interest over the last couple of years—thanks to you and our colleagues.

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Home - Scrivener: How To

Home - Scrivener: How To | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
SCRIVENER Learn how to use your writing software quickly and easily Here's some help to get you started See why I highly recommend Scrivener for your writing Watch a 15 minute video showing the basics of how to use Scrivener software, including how to save yourself time and money by creating and publishing your own Read More ...
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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Monica Burns, recognizing that written storytelling doesn't come easily to every child, has hunted down six iPad apps that will bring fun and creative challenge to learning this essential real-world skill.
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Only 2 are free.

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Once. But. So.

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by Jon Brunskill

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BookChook's curator insight, May 27, 12:44 AM

Simple but powerful writing idea: Once...(intro characters and setting) But... (problem) So.. .(resolution)

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These Incredible Poems are Perfect for National Poetry Month

These Incredible Poems are Perfect for National Poetry Month | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
First created in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets, National Poetry month is, according to their website, “the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.”
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10 Pieces of Wisdom from the Best Books on Creativity

10 Pieces of Wisdom from the Best Books on Creativity | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
We delved through 15 of the best books on creativity out there to find the most useful, unmissable nuggets of advice that every modern day creative needs.

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Great list. I especially found #3 helpful.

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Rona Lewis's curator insight, April 8, 12:48 PM

I love how they got this list.  These work with ANY sort of creativity in any field.

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10 of the Best Books About Writing

10 of the Best Books About Writing | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Writing is hard. Not for everyone, mind you, but there are some people that land triple axles or swallow swords, and we don't consider this the norm.


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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 2, 2:27 PM

Anne Lamott's book remains my favorite. I would still use it as a freshman writing resource.

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National Poetry Month | Academy of American Poets

National Poetry Month | Academy of American Poets | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. For over three generations, the Academy has connected millions of people to great poetry through programs such as National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world; Poets.org, the Academy’s popular website; American Poets, a biannual literary journal; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. Since its founding, the Academy has awarded more money to poets than any other organization.
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Writing with Writers: Poetry Writing | Scholastic.com

Writing with Writers: Poetry Writing | Scholastic.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Study the genre of poetry by taking part in step-by-step workshops with three of your favorite authors. Then have your work published online in our Scholastic archive. Includes teacher's guide.
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Great way for students to study, write, and even publish poetry.

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Creativity Resource for Teachers » Teaching Resources

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Lots of links here. Spend 5 minutes browsing and see where your thinking goes.

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5 Office Organization Hacks to Try This Weekend

5 Office Organization Hacks to Try This Weekend | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Come Monday, your office will be much more stylish (and organized).
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creative writing spaces.

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Chuck Jones: the evolution of an artist - Aeon Video

Chuck Jones: the evolution of an artist - Aeon Video | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Chuck Jones, the man behind ‘Looney Tunes’, created absurd animated comedy classics through a commitment to understanding human behaviour
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Get Draftback to Play Back Google Docs ^ Netted by the Webbys

Get Draftback to Play Back Google Docs ^ Netted by the Webbys | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Draftback is a Chrome extension that lets you play back any Google Doc’s revision history (for docs you can edit). It’s like going back in time to look over your own shoulder as you write.

 

"Since Draftback is a Chrome extension, your Docs data never leaves your own computer, and, unless you explicitly publish an excerpt, the extension never communicates any sensitive data with any server—it just fetches it over a secure connection from Google. All the computation for rendering the playback is done by your own computer, and it’s stored there, too."


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Draftback is an effective way for students (and teachers and writers) to analyze their writing process. It shows the writing as a video as well as gives you the stats -- like how much time spent working on the document, how many revisions and so forth.

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The Eighth Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest

The Eighth Annual Life Lessons Essay Contest | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Get the official rules for Real Simple’s yearly contest.
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Can't win if you don't play!

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SCRIVENER

SCRIVENER | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Don't cover yourself in post-it notes. Sign Up For FREE Cheat Sheets, Toolbar Guides and Other Cool Scrivener Resources to Kickstart Your Writing Project within Days!
Print the PDFs out and pin them up behind your monitor so that you have instant visual reminders of:
Basic Scrivener terminology
Keyboard shortcuts
Awesome Scrivener tricks
What the tools do
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I love Scrivener! These cheat sheets are extremely helpful.

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27 Ways to Inspire Students to Innovate ~ Mind/Shift ~ by Katrina Schwartz

27 Ways to Inspire Students to Innovate ~ Mind/Shift ~ by Katrina Schwartz | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Educator Mia MacMeekin made this infographic about ways to inspire students to think more deeply about how innovation applies to them. It’s a helpful way to begin a conversation about what it means to innovate, a word that sometimes seems to belong in the adult domain of business and is estranged from how students think about living their lives.

 

Excellent! - JL


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Learning to approach a topic from different directions/mindsets can produce new and different results.

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This infographic helps students see the value of innovation within their learning. Most of the ideas shared apply beyond the classroom as well.

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20 Great Writers on Motivating Yourself To Write, No Matter What

20 Great Writers on Motivating Yourself To Write, No Matter What | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
As April ushers in sunshine and flowers, and the spring holidays have adherents talking about new beginnings, the writing world is overflowing with people setting goals. Some are participating in t...
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4 Tips for Writing in the Math Classroom ~ Edutopia ~ by Heather Wolpert-Gawron

4 Tips for Writing in the Math Classroom ~ Edutopia ~ by Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
So how can math teachers who haven't worked their own writing muscles lately smoothly and authentically incorporate writing into their classrooms? I asked MfA master teacher and author Gary Rubinstein that very question. He came up with four tips that, frankly, can be used by any writing-tentative teacher:

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Poetry Slideshows, Podcasts, & Activities for Teachers (K-12) - TeacherVision.com

Poetry Slideshows, Podcasts, & Activities for Teachers (K-12) - TeacherVision.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Teach your students the techniques that poets use to explore their vision and their creativity. Whether they are reading or writing poetry, your students will enjoy learning all about this part of literature!
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Favorite Poem Project

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These are awesome video clips of Americans reciting the poems they love. Celebrate April as National Poetry Month by listening to one a day.

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