teacher-writers build bridges

Last week I was able to participate on a panel at the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) annual meeting. I was the discussant on a panel, “What Writing Can Do for Teachers: Beyond Pedagogy and Professionalism.” Below the fold is my response, “Teacher-Writers Building Bridges.” For those of you who might not know, a discussant aims to synthesize the individual papers and to frame a conversation for the panel and audience. I hope I was able to do both, because the research shared was insightful and helpful in a wide range of ways, which I tried to capture in my remarks below. Many thanks to my colleagues on this panel, and thanks too for those teachers, scholars, librarians, and administrators who were in the room and participated in the conversation. [Read more…]


uncertainty as opportunity

The blog Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care published a post I wrote, “Uncertainty as Opportunity.” Briefly, I write about how as writers, teachers, and learners we face many moments of not being sure, and we have to pay attention to the way we respond to those moments.


alice munro: patience and patterns

This month I’m reading Alice Munro’s (1998) The Love of a Good Woman. Ever since Munro was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for 2013, I knew that I wanted to spend 2014 reading her stories and trying to understand how they work. Each month I’ll read a different Munro collection, and then write a bit in order to see if I can figure out what makes her writing so strong and compelling to me. These posts won’t be short or final; instead, they’ll track my thinking about the kind of moves I think she makes as a writer. [Read more…]


In this episode of the National Writing Project’s (NWP) Radio program, Jeff Wilhelm, Michael Smith, and I share our work based on our books on teaching argument, teaching informational texts, and teaching narrative. Tanya Baker, Director of National Programs at National Writing Project, hosts the episode.

Here is a link to the episode with our discussion.

For an archive of more episodes of NWP’s Radio shows click here.


on inquiry, choice, and learning to write in schools: my post in The Atlantic

I was fortunate to be able to contribute to The Atlantic’s discussion on young people writing in schools. Peg Tyre features New Dorp High School’s efforts, and a number of people responded to it. Here is a link to my post. [Read more…]