GCTE Writer’s Retreat: Be Part of the Teacher Casebook

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June 21-23 join me and my colleague Nick Thompson in Amicalola Falls for the Georgia Council of Teachers of English “Teachers as Writers” writing retreat. We will be hosting a workshop geared toward teachers sharing their formative, professional experiences for an audience of fellow educators while helping them navigate framing those experiences with current research.

If you join the retreat and partake in our workshop, your writing could be featured in the Teacher Casebook, a free, public offering of teacher’s stories being shared with one another as a form meaningful professional development that puts real teacher experience and research together!

We would love to see old friends there and make new ones as well. There is still time to register for the retreat by clicking HERE.

To learn more about the Teacher Casebook visit https://teachercasebook.com

Are You a Designer or a Reactor? The Final (Final) Student Reflection


Whether you’ve read any of the other posts related to my writing as design series, you should read this! My two students, S & J, really blew me away with their final response to the question you see in the title. Both bring some thought-provoking points to light for educators to take in as well as students (professionals in other fields as well!). Alright, that is enough from me; I’ll let S and J do all the talking… Continue reading

Writing as Design Part III: Student’s in Process


Part III focuses on the process actually experienced by my students. The students I introduced to you in the last post will have more to say in this post as they take you through their stages of design and revision as well as assessment. This is by far one of my favorite posts I’ve published if for no other reason than my students wrote along with me this time. Their comments are insightful and at times gut-level honest. Their candid portrayal of the process is worth the read alone! Continue reading

Writing as Design Part I: Revising Writing Instruction


As a disclaimer, much of this series of posts is inspired through my doctoral studies; specifically, the design approach I’ll be espousing is directly inspired by Dr. Ryan Rish–who I’ve cited many times on this blog–of Kennesaw State University.

Over the course of this school year, I have internally questioned my approach to writing instruciton continuously. The catalyst for my uncertainty presented itself unwittingly to me during last year’s summer courses. Continue reading

What is Writing?: A Revealing Conversation with 9th Graders


My first week at my new school went well. I was asked by most of my friends and family how I felt about my first week, and I told them the truth: ‘It was wonderful; they’ve (the students) already taught me a lot.’ And it’s true; they have taught me a lot about both my classroom, myself, and them as students collectively. My biggest takeaway, however, centers on what I learned about their perceptions of what writing is and what writing isn’t.
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