Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care

A blog advocating for authentic writing instruction

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 · Leave a 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 · 7 Comments

Behind the Scenes

We are about to celebrate our “half” birthday!  Six months of publication of Writers Who Care has brought voices of parents, teachers, and professors together to advocate for authentic writing … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Uncertainty as an Opportunity

By Jim Fredricksen My brother’s oldest daughter started high school this year. We live several states away from one another and early this school year my phone rang in the … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · 14 Comments

Does Bad “Grammar” Instruction Make Writing Worse?

By Patricia A. Dunn Most students’ writing—in fact, most people’s writing—could use some improvement: in content, organization, coherence, style, and editing. However, many people continue to think that if only … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 6 Comments

Editor Roundup: January 2014 Edition

It’s a new year. Winter is in full swing. And we are back! We are looking forward to bringing you more insights from teachers, professors and parents in the coming … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Inspiring the Young Writers in Your Home

By Cathy Fleischer Over the years as I’ve mingled with the other parents on the sidelines of soccer games or in line for school events, I’ve heard all kinds of … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · 5 Comments

It Deserves an Exclamation Point!

By Kristen Hawley Turner I bought my kids their first journals when they were 3.  At the time they were starting to write letters, and my daughter in particular loved … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 6 Comments

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