Editor Roundup: April 2014 Edition

  These are some of the stories that have been passing through our inboxes, Twitter feeds and Facebook conversation threads. As you read, please consider sharing your thoughts in the comments section, or with a post of your own. We’re always looking for new voices! Here is what our editorial board has been reading these…

From Drilling and Testing to Discovering and Thinking: Finding the Heart of Writing in School

By Kristen Hawley Turner and Troy Hicks Arthur Applebee, a leading scholar in the field of writing instruction, shared some new research during his keynote at the Writing Research Across Borders III conference last week in Paris. Applebee and his colleagues have conducted two wide-scale studies — 30 years apart — about the state of…

Narrative Writing: The Orphan Child of the Common Core

By Rob Montgomery Some of the most vibrant writing I ever received from my ninth grade students came courtesy of the Neighborhood Map, a writing activity I first learned about through my involvement with the South Coast Writing Project in Santa Barbara, CA, wherein students wrote stories based on events that occurred in their neighborhoods.…