"Publishing student thinking can be among the most powerful ways to improve learning... Note that publishing finished products and the thinking process itself are two very different things–and the idea here is to publishing the thinking itself..."
Wordament® is a unique and highly addictive word game: a two-minute long word tournament where you compete in real-time, on the same board, against everyone else currently playing. Each board is unique and alternating rounds offer challenges such as two- and three-letter digram tiles and theme* puzzles. You can choose to go for the bonus points, try to find the most words possible or earn scoring bonuses by finding longer words.
I am a writer on vacation. That doesn't mean I am a writer who hasn't down much writing yet. I do write though, in my mind. I am a writer who observes. I sat in the train yesterday and listened to some twenty somethings who ...
There are good writers and those who aspire to be good writers. What makes a writer successful? Simply put, you have to know the basics of good journalism. Without taking time to learn them, it’s doubtful...
Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.
Is This the Age of Communication? Huffington Post UK (blog) Always, we are connected to a wider world, embracing the biophilia of our minds merging with machines from the moment we wake up to the second our disconnected heads hit our iPillows.
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The Snapshot Writing Tool is designed to put students in a specific moment in time using a visual prompt such as a photo or video and then write about what you see? What you hear? What you smell? What you taste? and what you feel? Drawing upon all 5 senses.
The snapshot writing tool will really encourage your students create visual imagery within their writing, and they have a great deal of fun putting themselves in the perspective of the picture.
Students can either use a photo of their own anlongside the tool or alternately you can access my collection of 150 Amazing writing prompts here.
There’s something magical about catching a glimpse of one of your favorite authors at work – even a photo of the epic event can send an anxious thrill down your spine, as if you might be able to see some hint of literary genius in posture or setting, in attire or facial expression.
When you tell yourself the story of your life, the story of your day, you edit and rewrite and weave a narrative out of a collection of random experiences and events. Your conversations are fiction. Your friends and loved ones—they are characters you have created. And your arguments with them are like meetings with an editor—please, they beseech you, you beseech them, rewrite me. You have a perception of the way things are, and you impose it on your memory, and in this way you think, in the same way that I think, that you are living something that is describable. When of course, what we actually live, what we actually experience—with our senses and our nerves—is a vast, absurd, beautiful, ridiculous chaos.
I teach life story writing to boomers and seniors. Reading my students’ stories has given me a peek into the lives of those who’ve fought in wars or made ends meet on the home front; and of little girls who wandered along wooden floors in an old dime store, accompanied by the slightly sour aroma that emanated from the lunch counter one side of the store.