I'm a parent of two preschoolers in Indianapolis. I hear parents talk. I know many are enraged by a public school lottery that feels like a smoke and mirrors magic show at a Vegas casino. I know that a rising number of parents are at least marginally aware of the privileges they carry in their … Continue reading Look closer at your neighborhood public school, Indy
On the first page—the title page, if you will—of my new Moleskin journal, a pre-printed, practical suggestion beckons to me: I can't get started writing in this journal, because I am stuck in fascination on this otherwise pristine French vanilla page. I've owned other Moleskin notebooks—though admittedly this is my first 8"x10" one—yet I don't … Continue reading What writers do: Obsess, recall, wonder, question, and record (an example)
I am honored to be a contributor to a blog that I love, Sharing Our Notebooks curated by children's author and teacher Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. I have given writing teachers a quick peek inside my notebooks in the past, but with Amy's blog as inspiration, this time I am really putting myself out there, baring entries that … Continue reading I have lived (and write about it)
Over on the "Real Teaching, Real Learning" blog this week, I share a revision strategy that I frequently teach in elementary and middle schools, and explain why I'm now calling the exclamation point an excavation point. Check it out
On the third anniversary of my mom's death, I was visited by more than a dozen red cardinals in five days. I otherwise hadn't seen one since Christmas, a full six months earlier. I looked up the meaning of cardinal sightings, though I had a vague memory that my mom had told me once that … Continue reading One way of looking at 13 cardinals
Originally published in April 2015 and updated this month, teacher/consultant Mary Roderique and I offer five quick reminders and how-tos for conferring in writing workshop.