Teaching Narrative? Start with vignettes!

Teacher Essential Questions:  How can my students see themselves as writers? How could I teach narrative this year and what is one model text I could use to teach it? How can I become a practitioner of writing myself? Where can I find examples of student writing? The Rationale Why do units have to be… Continue reading Teaching Narrative? Start with vignettes!

My “Good Enough” is Great

Where I'm from, there is no "good enough". You're either great, bordering on perfection or you're just mediocre. Virtually unseen. Growing up, this idea was reinforced at home, at my over-achieving academic elitist high school, and among my friends. What I've come to understand is that it wasn't the places and people in my life… Continue reading My “Good Enough” is Great

With Gratitude Always – A Ritual in Honor of Kate Shrum

On January 11, 2019, my friend Kate Shrum died of cancer. When she publicly shared her diagnosis at the beginning of August 2018, I reached out to her with an encouraging message and no doubt in my mind that she would kick cancer's ass. Less than 6 months later, she was gone. Kate and I… Continue reading With Gratitude Always – A Ritual in Honor of Kate Shrum