Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care

A blog advocating for authentic writing instruction

Educating the Public on the Public’s Terms: An Open Letter to Academics

By Peter Smagorinsky Dr. Richard Besser on Good Morning America   I recently visited with a friend from my old high school. In spite of his having gone into a … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 6 Comments

Should we be worried?: Avoiding the summer slide by moving beyond the cursive debate

By Melinda J. McBee Orzulak Concerns about 21st-century writing shifts Concerns about shifts in writing abound in the recent news. Some parents worry about whether they can keep up with their … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

College Readiness in Writing: What does that really mean?

By Ann David, Dorothy Meiburg Weller, and Amber Funderburgh Teachers, students, and families around the country have finished the last school assignment, packed up lockers and rooms, and are headed … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Writing Assessment: A Creative Approach

By Jeremy Hyler In April, I wrote a post about standardized testing. In that post I mentioned how students’ confidence could rise if they were given the opportunity to do … Continue reading

June 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Authentic Writing Across the Curriculum

By Brad Currie     Black River Middle School in Chester, New Jersey, takes great pride in the wide range of innovative learning experiences that students are exposed to on … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · 3 Comments

Editor Roundup: April 2014 Edition

  These are some of the stories that have been passing through our inboxes, Twitter feeds and Facebook conversation threads. As you read, please consider sharing your thoughts in the … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Standardized Testing: Then and Now

By Jeremy Hyler I find myself in front of 7th and 8th graders each day, trying to make a positive impact on their personal and academic lives. In today’s world, … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

Resisting High Stakes Testing: Advocating for our Students and Children by “Opting Out”

by Sarah Hochstetler and Mark Letcher “I don’t want to fail.”  -Ellison, 3rd Grade “The teacher said we have to do well.”  -Erik, 4th Grade “But why are they important?” … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Editor Roundup: March 2014 Edition

We are happy to announce the addition of two members to our editorial team.  Lindsay and Amber will be working with us to develop our author coaching practices and to … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

From Drilling and Testing to Discovering and Thinking: Finding the Heart of Writing in School

By Kristen Hawley Turner and Troy Hicks Arthur Applebee, a leading scholar in the field of writing instruction, shared some new research during his keynote at the Writing Research Across … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · 8 Comments
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