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…

Incorporating Students’ Perspectives in the Design of Peer Review Activities

By Adam Loretto, Sara DeMartino, and Amanda Godley In our previous post, we discussed students’ views of peer review: that, despite some potential pitfalls, it can be useful to hear from multiple perspectives and to have opportunities in both giving and receiving feedback to develop skills as writers with real audiences. In this post, we…

Picture of a stone plaque that reads, "To imagine. To create. To learn."

I Teach Readers and Writers, Not Reading and Writing

by Matthew T. Meldrum In the summer of 2012, I was at a crossroads in my teaching career. I was responsible to write curriculum, but when I looked over the template provided, I realized something wasn’t sitting right. I had just returned from the Heart of Texas Writing Project Summer Institute, the Austin site of…