Engaging Writers on the Autism Spectrum

Laura Sabella, Ph.D., University of South Florida A Teacher’s Discovery Ashley is an 8th grade language arts teacher in a mainstream class. She prides herself on offering myriad fun writing assignments to which most of her students respond enthusiastically, and most students are engaged. However, Ashley struggles to find writing opportunities that engage Ben, a…

Reason, Emotion, Thinking, and Writing in School

by Peter Smagorinsky, The University of Georgia Writers Who Care….The name of this blog suggests an assumption that emotions are foundational to writing, and I’d add, to living life. You’d never know it, however, from the ways in which schools view writing as a form of “cold cognition”: purely analytic reasoning, unadulterated by underlying feelings,…

What Summer Writing Looks Like in Our House

By Anne Elrod Whitney, Ph.D. Our summer is underway, and all around us families are making plans, changing routines, looking back at the just-past school year and thinking in a vague, anticipatory kind of way to the next one. These are the days when saying “I’m going into _th grade” still sounds new and grown-up…

Does the study of grammar improve writing?

by Lindsay Jeffers In a casual conversation on the patio this weekend, my mom brought up the importance of diagramming sentences so that my daughter could learn how to write well.  My husband started to chuckle, anticipating what I was about to say in response.  As I fumbled through an explanation of why diagramming sentences…

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Teachers’ Writing Matters

As we leave the school year behind, many teachers will finally have long-awaited time to relax and sit outside with a good book. Others will return to the classroom as students themselves. Our hope is that teachers will use the summer months to begin (or finish!) writing projects of their own. Meg Petersen discusses why…