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…

Teaching Writing: What is Your Story?

By Erinn Bentley and Becky Snow “People learn to write by writing.”  At first glance, this statement seems simple. Yet anyone who has struggled with a writing task, suffered from a case of writer’s block, or tried to teach writing knows this statement is anything but simple.  “People learn to write by writing” is one…

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Counterstories from the writing classroom: Resistance, resilience, refuge

by Deb Kelt & Amber Warrington In a statement that has nearly gone viral in the teaching community, Nancie Atwell urged new teachers to choose the private sector over public schools. Though Nancie’s statement received much press, her words don’t stand alone. Often we hear from teachers leaving their beloved classrooms, stating they “just don’t…

Why Teachers’ Writing Matters

by Meg Petersen Children need to see adults writing.  Cathy Fleischer’s post provides excellent tips for ways parents can encourage their children’s writing, including writing to and with them.  And it makes sense that teachers of writing should write.  Writing gives us a kind of authority (“author”-ity) that allows us to work more confidently with…

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…