Interview with Felicia Rose Chavez, author of The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom

We interview Felicia Rose Chavez about her most recent book: The Anti-Racist Writing Workshop: How to Decolonize the Creative Classroom. In the interview, we talk about what an anti-racist workshop can look like at various grade levels. Dr. Chavez discussed her own experience as a teacher of writing and described her desire to examine her own…

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The Dreaded Awk

By Ann D. David I have written “awk” in the margins of many a student essay, especially when I taught high school English.  The feedback was accurate in that whenever I wrote awk, the writing was, indeed, awkward.  And if the writer fixed that section, the paper would be better.  Figuring out why the sentence…

The Radical Possibilities of “What Are You Working On?”: Student-Driven Learning in Writing Conferences

By Laura A. Taylor   Take a moment to think about a recent teaching day. What kinds of activities were your students doing? Perhaps there was a mini-lesson introducing students to a new writing tool, a small group strategy lesson, a collaborative analysis of a mentor text, peer conferences giving feedback on recent work, time for…

Coming Together Through Improv

By Sam Tanner Larry, a 9th grader with autism, stood confidently on the stage in a small theatre. He was screaming triumphantly as the lights went out. Our small audience exploded with laughter as the performance came to an end. “Seriously, this camp was one of the best experiences of my life,” Sarah, a 7th…