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How do I help my child with writing?

“To devote energy to their writing, children need to see it as empowering, as something that can change the world, as something they’ll want to do throughout their lives.” But how do parents know whether their children see writing this way?  How can we be sure that the kinds of writing children are being asked…

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Platforms, Politics, and Possibilities: An Approach to Teaching Argument in an Election Year

by Sara Hoeve Early last week my husband and I attended the annual Open House at my daughter’s high school. After the parents had settled into the small, metal desks, the English teacher began to review the units she had planned for the year: Narrative writing, Dystopian texts, Shakespeare drama, Argument… The moment the teacher…

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Teaching Writing, Tablet Style: Revisited

Computers, tablets and other mobile devices dominate our lives, and as schools adopt 1:1 initiatives, parents and teachers alike must navigate the technologies that support student writers. In a post from 2013, Troy Hicks shares some apps for teaching writing, tablet style. When it comes to helping our students to write, to put words into sentences…

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Future Teachers Deterred by Standardized Tests: A Michigan Story, A National Problem

By Lindsay Jeffers Tania, an exuberant, creative, and bright African American student, is finally pursuing a career she has always dreamed about, albeit a little later than she anticipated.  She enrolled at her university in 2013 as an Elementary Education major and began her coursework. During her sophomore year, Tania took the Professional Readiness Exam…

Teachers Sharing Stories for Advocacy and Transformation

To kick off the fall season, we’d like to share a recently-published article by members of the WWC editorial team (Sarah, Mark, Lindsay, Amber, and Eileen). The piece, “’The Biggest Surprise Was the Feeling of Empowerment’: Teachers Sharing Stories for Advocacy and Transformation,” appears in the September 2016 issue of Voices from the Middle, an issue…

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Color Outside the Lines

by Sheila Cooperman Writing, for me, used to be like the old-fashioned rules of coloring: “Stay inside the lines.” It was next to impossible. I tried, failed, and swore to do better next time. But next time rarely came, because I knew that to express myself effectively, to make the most of what I needed…

Parents: A Literacy Teacher’s Best Ally

By Cathy Fleischer In the early 1990s when I was a newly minted PhD and college professor, I attended a state board of education meeting that was focused on whether or not to adopt a new English Language Arts curriculum.  The curriculum was forward looking, based in current best practices and one that teachers around…

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Building Relationships and Understanding with Dialogue Journals: One Entry at a Time

by Brennan Cruser and Stacey Ross Teachers of young children share conversations all day with their students. What if you could capture some of those conversations and provide a space for a one-on-one discussion with each of your students? Dialogue journals provide a space to connect teacher to student as students connect pencil to paper.…