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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.…

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Lessons on Writing from a Clueless Shopper

by Jonathan Bush I’m a pretty good teacher of writing, but I’ll freely admit that I am one of the world’s worst grocery shoppers. I am easily distracted. I often have an interest in unique and useless items, and I’m apt to buy things that are often close to what we need, rather than the…

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School Writing Vs. Authentic Writing

by Ken Lindblom Many students dislike writing in school, and it’s no wonder.  Five-paragraph essay formats, predictable essay questions on books they didn’t choose to read, all written for a teacher (or faceless exam scorer) who knows more about the subject than they do.  Who would find this “schoolish writing”–as Anne Elrod Whitney has called…