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Sharing my passion for writing and teaching to inspire other writers and teachers
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Student shaming is bad for YOU

Student shaming is bad for YOU | Metawriting | Scoop.it
  I’ve been thinking a lot about the issue of student shaming and why we shouldn’t do it. I agree with others who have argued that it is bad for …
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Why Gamification?

Why Gamification? | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Gamification, the use of game-design elements for a non-game purpose, interests me because I do not want my classes to be about the grade. I want my students to stop …
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Writers Are Writers Are Writers

Writers Are Writers Are Writers | Metawriting | Scoop.it
When the teacher asked me to conference with her first-grade writers I was afraid – I was very afraid. I had years of experience working with high school, college, and …
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What Blogging Taught Me

What Blogging Taught Me | Metawriting | Scoop.it
I am a writer and a teacher, specifically a writing teacher, so blogging is a natural forum for me to share my lessons and experiences. However, as a writer and …
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Education vs. Learning

Education vs. Learning | Metawriting | Scoop.it
This semester I am teaching a First Year Seminar for the first time and enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would. I knew when we dove into …
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I started teaching for the light bulb, but stay for NWP

I started teaching for the light bulb, but stay for NWP | Metawriting | Scoop.it
  Recently William Zhou asked “why teach” on Edudemic and I decided this week’s blog post would be my response to that question. It is a good question to ask. …
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Why I Want A Third Space

Why I Want A Third Space | Metawriting | Scoop.it
I spend a lot of time thinking about Third Space Theory (and yes, I know just how much that identifies me as a geek), but honestly it seems to come …
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Empathy and Respect: Seeing Our Students As People

Empathy and Respect: Seeing Our Students As People | Metawriting | Scoop.it
In recent days I have been a peripheral part of an important conversation on Twitter centering on the issue of whether or not we believe our students’ explanations for their …
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On Creating a Community of Writers (How and Why)

On Creating a Community of Writers (How and Why) | Metawriting | Scoop.it
I’ve blogged a lot about community and why I think it is important to share writing and feedback. Community Doesn’t Just Happen Feedback Loops & Writing Workshop But as I …
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I Believe: That’s My Superpower

I Believe: That’s My Superpower | Metawriting | Scoop.it
A writing prompt that I like to use with my students as an icebreaker for our comic-book themed class is to ask them two simple questions: What is your superpower …
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My PLN is the Terminator

My PLN is the Terminator | Metawriting | Scoop.it
how lucky we are to be connected educators today
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Community Doesn’t Just Happen

Community Doesn’t Just Happen | Metawriting | Scoop.it
A writing community is important for all writers. It is no fun to write alone and writing alone does not push you to think and stretch and grow. Belonging to …
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7 Rules for Teaching Writers

7 Rules for Teaching Writers | Metawriting | Scoop.it
What are your rules for teaching writers?
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Important Conversations Inspired By Comics

Important Conversations Inspired By Comics | Metawriting | Scoop.it
My head and my heart are so full, aching to the bursting point, that I must write. This pressure has built progressively thanks to a number of national events and …
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We Need More Writers: What are you going to do about it?

We Need More Writers: What are you going to do about it? | Metawriting | Scoop.it
 I know it is more popular to focus on STEM – especially science and technology – but the truth is that we need artists and creative thinkers now more than …
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Teachers: Put Your Oxygen Mask On First

Teachers: Put Your Oxygen Mask On First | Metawriting | Scoop.it
I’ve been blogging a lot about stress lately. I’m simply following Mark Twain’s advice to “write what you know” and right now I know stress! As I’ve blogged before, this …
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Why Project-Based Learning?

Why Project-Based Learning? | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Last weekend I participated in the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (KCTE/LA) Conference. It was a very full weekend as I am on the KCTE/LA Board, …
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Challenging your pedagogy and maybe even your program

Challenging your pedagogy and maybe even your program | Metawriting | Scoop.it
As a National Writing Project site director I think about pedagogy and education all year round, but I become truly immersed in it during the month of June. I am …
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Which Comes First For You: The Spirit or the Letter of the Law?

Which Comes First For You: The Spirit or the Letter of the Law? | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Yesterday I spent the morning training and testing to become a certified KYOTE (Kentucky Online Testing) writing exam scorer (I know, how jealous are you?). Actually, it wasn’t as bad …
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Technology: Silver Bullet or Amazing Race?

Technology: Silver Bullet or Amazing Race? | Metawriting | Scoop.it
I am a connected educator and I love technology. I love to use it, learn with it, play with it, and teach with it, but I am frustrated by the …
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Creating an (Online) Community of Learners

Creating an (Online) Community of Learners | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Classes start at Morehead State University tomorrow morning but I opened up my classroom (in Blackboard) a few days ago and already 17 of my 26 first year seminar students …
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7 Strategies to Improve Conferences With Writers

7 Strategies to Improve Conferences With Writers | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Yesterday was a great day. I spent the day talking with my students about their writing. This is what I live for, but I am constantly discovering that many of …
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Notable Notes: Starting The Year Off Write (Reprise)

Notable Notes: Starting The Year Off Write (Reprise) | Metawriting | Scoop.it
In my last blog post, Starting The Year Off Write, I noted some of my favorite ways to kick off the school year or semester using writing to break the …
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Why Self-Assessment Journals?

Why Self-Assessment Journals? | Metawriting | Scoop.it
I make my students journal. I am not unique among teachers and by far the norm among my National Writing Project kin. I know many teachers who successfully use writing …
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Do you want your students to consume, curate, or create?

Do you want your students to consume, curate, or create? | Metawriting | Scoop.it
most tests tell us very little real information about students, they do not tell us what the students are learning and, most important of all, they do not tell us what the students are capable of doing with the lessons the students have learned
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