Interview with Deborah Dean, author of What Works in Writing Instruction: Research and Practice

In this interview, Amber Jensen sits down to chat with her colleague, BYU English professor Deborah Dean, about the second edition of her book, What Works in Writing Instruction: Research and Practice, published in March 2021 by NCTE. In the discussion, Dr. Dean shares the process of revising a full manuscript into a new version.…

Interview with Felicia Rose Chavez, author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom

We interview Felicia Rose Chavez about her most recent book: The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom. In the interview, we talk about what an anti-racist workshop can look like at various grade levels. Dr. Chavez discussed her own experience as a teacher of writing and described her desire to examine her own…

Giving Yourself the Right to Write

By Sarah Peterson Throughout school, I only considered myself someone who wrote when necessary. Someone who wrote when papers were assigned and wrote about what the paper asked, nothing more. I was lost when my instructor asked me to write beyond academic purposes. Who was I to tell people anything? What did I have to…

Spring Call for Blogs (CFB)

Submissions due May 31st Poetry can serve so many purposes in our lives. As parents, teachers, and teacher educators, we recognize the value of reading diverse poetry in our lives and in our classrooms (#verselove #teachlivingpoets). Perhaps even more importantly, we recognize the importance of writing poetry in our own lives and classrooms. Writing poetry…

Teaching Mentor Process in an ESL Classroom

by Melissa Bryan In the summer of 2017, I attended an NEH program at Amherst College entitled “Emily Dickinson: Person, Place, and Poetry.”  The core end-product of the program was a curricular unit to be used in the classroom which involved Emily Dickinson’s work. Our summer cohort studied Emily Dickinson’s poems and wrote – as…