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February 22, 2012

The Challenges of Being a Teacher-Writer

Ariel Sacks, who is working on a book, reflects on the difficulties of being a teacher and writing about it at the same time: Like Virginia Woolf argued in A Room of One's Own—a woman cannot be expected to write while she's cooking and taking care of children in a confined space. Her writing...

November 18, 2011

Coupling Math and Writing

Live from NCTE in Chicago In a session called "A Marriage of Math and Reading," two ELA teachers and their math-teacher husbands described the beginnings of a collaborative research study on the effects of incorporating writing into math class. (Despite the title, there wasn't much talk of reading ...

November 17, 2011

Tearing Down Writing Instruction

Washington Post education writer Jay Mathews argues that writing instruction in most schools today is "academic and lifeless." Nor does he think the new common core writing standards—redolent, in his view, of "clerical work"—will help matters much. So what's a language arts teacher to do...

October 20, 2011

How Are You Celebrating National Day on Writing?

Today, October 20, is the third annual National Day on Writing, according to the National Council of Teachers of English.

September 12, 2011

Deconstructing Handwriting

A retired special education teacher is finishing up piloting a K-5 handwriting curriculum with a new take on letter formation.

July 08, 2011

Writing on the Chopping Block

In a cost-cutting move, Illinois has eliminated writing from the state's standardized exams for high school juniors. Well, it's just one grade, you say. Not so fast: The state scrapped the writing portion of the standardized exams for elementary and middle schoolers last year. Some educators conte...

June 27, 2011

Film Espouses the 'Power' of Writing

One of the latest in a slew of education documentaries, "To Be Heard" profiles three Bronx high school students who participate in an outside-the-curriculum program called Power Writers.

June 15, 2011

Is It OK 4 Students 2 Use Text-Speak?

U.S. News and World Report has a story on students using text-message and social-media shorthand in their academic writing--including in essays for college applications.

May 19, 2011

A New Take on College-Level Reading

They say that authentic literacy assignments can help prepare students for college. But Tobie Lynn Trachina, a 4th grade English-language learners teacher in suburban New Orleans, is taking the concept to a new level by having her students actually read and analyze college and university information...

May 12, 2011

The White House Posts Poetry Workshop Video

Prior to its semi-controversial Evening of Poetry event last night, the White House held a poetry workshop yesterday afternoon in which poets Elizabeth Alexander, Billy Collins, and Alison Knowles (among others) discussed their craft and took questions from students. The video is now available.

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