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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.…

Photo of a boy lying on the floor drawing. The drawings are blowing away into a cityscape below

Writing as a Path to Healing

By Roberta P. Gardner One of my earliest memories of writing in school was a failed scribble drawing of my deceased cat, Honey. She wasn’t officially my cat, but I was the one who played with her every day, and I let her know that she was loved. I used to sneak her bowls of milk…

Uncertainty as an Opportunity

By Jim Fredricksen My brother’s oldest daughter started high school this year. We live several states away from one another and early this school year my phone rang in the afternoon. It was my brother. “Can you help us? Her English teacher is asking her to write an introduction to an essay using a ‘delayed…

Inspiring the Young Writers in Your Home

By Cathy Fleischer Over the years as I’ve mingled with the other parents on the sidelines of soccer games or in line for school events, I’ve heard all kinds of talk about student writing:  from complaints about the impact of texting and video games to the perceived lack of grammar instruction in schools.  More often,…

It Deserves an Exclamation Point!

By Kristen Hawley Turner I bought my kids their first journals when they were 3.  At the time they were starting to write letters, and my daughter in particular loved to draw.  As a teacher of writing and writer myself, I wanted to document their writing development and introduce journal writing as a practice in…