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…

The Role of Knowledge in Reflection

Kara B. Douma, Ed.D. John Dewey once said “we do not learn from experience. . .we learn from reflecting on experience.” If this is the case, it is logical that we often see reflection built into classrooms where students identify the knowledge gained from their experience in comparison with the gap of knowledge that exists…

Grading, Equity, and Covid-19

by Christopher Dean Context I have been a writing teacher at UC Santa Barbara for 15 years. I teach on the quarter system, and from March through June of 2020 I taught entirely online. I feel lucky that I started the quarter online, rather than having to scramble and convert a previously face-to-face class to…

Writing for the Culture: Centering Marginalized Youth Perspectives on Their Writing Experiences

By Dominique McDaniel A Snapshot of a Virtual Writing Summer Camp Reflecting on my experiences as a classroom teacher and a graduate student, I thought about what youth themselves would have to say about their own writing identities, writing experiences in and out of school, and their perspectives on how their race and culture impact…

Co-Creating Confident Writing Classrooms: A Framework for Teachers

By Jen McConnel and Pamela Beach When we first set out to explore secondary teachers’ beliefs about teaching writing in Canada and the United States, our classrooms looked drastically different than the classrooms of 2020. The teachers who shared their insights and struggles with us were teaching face-to-face, using technology as it fit their pedagogical…