Narrative Writing: The Orphan Child of the Common Core

By Rob Montgomery Some of the most vibrant writing I ever received from my ninth grade students came courtesy of the Neighborhood Map, a writing activity I first learned about through my involvement with the South Coast Writing Project in Santa Barbara, CA, wherein students wrote stories based on events that occurred in their neighborhoods.…

And Yet We Write: Being a Teacher-Writer

Author:  Anne Elrod Whitney For the past several years I have met monthly with a group of K-12 teachers, librarians, and special educators from a number of different schools spread across our small town. After a long school day, we eat cookies or fruit, share stories from our classrooms, compare notes on teacher interns or…

From Idea to Action: Welcome to The Blog

During NCTE’s annual convention last November, a group of writing teachers and writing teacher educators packed tightly around a table in one of the the conventional hall’s ballrooms.  Attendees leaned in to hear the vigorous exchange, and heads nodded in agreement.  The focus: anxiety over recent state and institutional mandates, national reform movements, external pressures…