* Giving Writing Workshop Back to Our Writers: Choose Your Own Mentor Texts and a Student-Led EdCamp

This incredible writing teacher provides a detailed description of a powerful writing process. Her post can serve as a “mentor text” for teachers in evaluating a writing approach, using student feedback, creating an authentic writing experience, and generating real audiences. Her students learned more than writing. They became investigators, teachers, analyzers, and most of all, active learners. It’s a long post, but well worth your time

Crawling Out of the Classroom

Recently, inspired by Pernille Ripp‘s incredibly inspiring book Passionate Learners, I asked my students to write a reflection on how the learning was going in our classroom. What was working for them and what was not?

One of the things that came up multiple times was that my students let me know that they did not find it helpful when I handed them article after article to look at as mentor texts during writing workshop.  Many of my students said that they knew it was important for us to look at the way that other writer’s write, but that the way we were doing it was just not working. They weren’t engaged. They weren’t learning. They weren’t transferring what they saw into their own writing.

Now here’s the thing. I knew that it was working. I mean, in the sense that I knew that when we looked at…

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* Kindness

So encouraging to read and the photos are memorable. Take a look and pass it on!

Chronic Conditions & Life Lessons

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!”

Anne Frank

*photos courtesy of Google

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* Finally again color on your hands …

Vera Komnig is a brilliant painter (pun intended). What she does with color is incredible. Her calendar for 2016 (in English) is also on sale! More brilliance!

Vera Komnig

Endlich wieder Farbe an den Händen…

Gleich drei Bilder sind in Arbeit und eines davon ist eine Übermalung, die mir ganz besonderen Spaß macht. Seit Monaten stand dieses Bild an einen Stuhl im Atelier gelehnt herum und wusste selber genau, dass es so, wie es *jetzt* ist nicht bleiben will, nur wie es sich verwandel möchte, war noch lang nicht klar.

Heute dann fand ganz von allein die Farbe ihren Weg aufs Bild und hat sich nur erst einmal feucht aufs alte Bild gelegt…nun harren wir beide der Dinge die da noch kommen mögen 🙂

Finally againcoloron your hands

Threeimagesare in progressandone of themis anoverpaintingwhich makesmevery specialpleasure.For months,thiswas leaned to a chairin the studio andknewhimselfexactlythatas it is *now*it does not want toremain,

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