Effectively teaching reading skills
Great recent blog post from Grant Wiggins who (again) argues against using formulaic “strategies” for teaching reading. He argues that the very word “strategy” is used in a sloppy way too often. We’d get better results from teaching the student to choose whatever techniques, strategies, tactics or skills would dissect the reading most effectively. Read more for the...
Teaching Struggling Writers
Five Things I Learned in Creative Writing Class
http://www.writingforward.com/creative-writing/things-i-learned-in-creative-writing-class Loved this article!
Reading Blog!: The Winds of Change: Thomas Kuhn... →
readeralert: “The traditional paradigm. First, its adherents believe that competent writers know what they are going to say before they begin to write; thus their most important task when they are preparing to write is finding a form into which to organize their content. They also believe that the composing is…”
Conference Takes New Approach to Writing - SUNY... →
Writing Conference applies directly to writing in all classes, K-16, applies Common Core writing mandates, and emphasizes writing to learn in all content areas.
Are you registered for the Writing Matters...
Hello everyone! The Writing Matters conference is fast approaching! A conference sponsored by Seven Valleys Writing Project, this conference will have workshops, seminars and other presentations to assist CNY teachers learn about teaching writing in their classrooms. We’ll have merchandise for sale as well as an assortment of teaching writing books for sale! We are still looking for...
Reading Blog!: Write Beside Them by Penny Kittle →
readeralert: “For 10 minues out of each 90 minute class, we read a book. Any book. A comic book, magazine, anything […] And when we wrote, it was about what we wanted to write about […] Mrs. Kittle emphasized embracing your own literacy; owning what you write, reading what you want.” pg 4 I really liked this… Found this by a student reflecting on what it’s like to write in class....
Creative Writing Prompts For Your Classroom
Hello everyone! I’m Allison Best, 7VWP’s intern for the semester! Dr. Franke asked me to post for this blog daily, so in my first post, I’m going to talk a little bit about what got me inspired and interested in writing and link to a site with some of my favorite writing exercises! Here’s the website: http://www.warren-wilson.edu/~creativewriting/Prompts.php What I love about this...
Grant Wiggins on Stupification
How can institutions think creatively and generously? http://grantwiggins.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/avoiding-stupidification/
Memoir Writing Workshop
Finding Our Way into Memoir Presented by Sarah Marcham and Jacqueline Franke “Anyone who survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life.” – Flannery O’Connor Join us on Saturday, January 5th as two local teacher-writers, students of both the Seven Valleys Writing Project’s “Summer Institute” and Marge Piercy’s Memoir Lab, share a series of writing activities...
Because I have known the torment of thirst I would dig a well where others may...
Creating a Character Who Surprises Even YOU
Come create a real fictional character! Beard Building 9-11; “compass meeting” after.
Music for Writing
The Bakerton Group and Underground Orchestra are new favorite groups: driving blues jazz, no vocals. Music for an interior landscape. Good writing music. Have other nominations? (My question is part of my unconfirmed belief that if I only find the right music, writing will be easy). My hero Michael Pollan says in Botany of Desire that he’s listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I should...
Saturday Seven Valleys Writing Event for Educators
Time to Write for Busy People The Seven Valleys Writing Project invites you join other educators for a morning of writing this Saturday (December 1) at the Beard Building in Cortland from 9:00-11. Coffee and bagels start at 8:30. Dr. David Franke, writing and English professor at SUNY Cortland, will lead an exercise for building a fictional character. Writers hot on the trail of a project may...
The real civics lesson
John Brinckerhoff Jackson. From A Sense of Place, a Sense of Time, Chapter 12, “Looking into Automobiles”: “If you love and respect your automobile…and if you depend on it for your livelihood, the automobile will reciprocate, as it were, and teach you many useful things: it can teach you to be accurate, teach you to use the right tools, teacher you to make decisions. It...
Empty the schools and meet online
So I just returned from Philadelphia where my eldest was investigating a college. At a rest area that sold everything American, I found a lonely kiosk that held brochures (“See the Dry Underground Lake” and “Wine Country Catfish Boil and Quilting Bee”). One quiet slot held a brochure for “A Tuition-Free K-12 Cyber School.” That’s right, this is a...
Eric Raymond: Good Citizenry in Writing Workshops →
ericraymondsf: Soon I’ll be in Portland for a writing conference and workshop. I’ve not been interested in workshops since graduate school. I’ve been actively disinterested. But maybe my aversion is a symptom of my own flawed perspective, distorted by a lens which tends to magnify the negative and minimize the…
What makes a "real" writer? →
zephyrean: III. “I think the single most defining characteristic of a writer” – I found myself saying to a friend the other day, when she asked my thoughts on the teaching of writing – “’I mean the difference between a writer and someone who ‘wants to be a writer,’ is a high tolerance for uncertainty.” …
backwoods, baby...: this afternoon, i got all... →
barefootedbackwoodsbaby: this afternoon, i got all gussied up and headed over to Olive Hill, to West Carter, for my very first solo writing workshop. i was a little nervous, as it’s been quite awhile since i wandered the halls of a high school and spent any quality time with teenagers. sometimes i feel disconnected. i…
How-To Guide for Tumblr
Tumblr How-To Guide To change anything about the blog: Log into Tumblr, click on the cog symbol in the top right corner. Changes (Cog Symbol) To change: the layout of the blog, the About Me section, the name of the blog, the aesthetics of the blog, and to add tabs onto the top of the page of the blog: Click on the “7VWP” tab on the left side of the page (under Account, Dashboard, etc.) when...
What the eel expert said to writers
“A lot of scientists ignore personal experience altogether, largely because it can’t be measured” one eel expert tells him. That’s not necessarily a mistake if you’re doing science. But if you’re trying to evaluate life on earth, it probably is.
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