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What a Night!: Fremd High School’s #WriteNite

Kudos to Fremd High School for holding its first Write Nite last night as a fund-raiser for their mighty Writers Week program. (Disclaimer: Although I was an organizer for Fremd’s Writers Week for many years, my only involvement in Write … Continue reading

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Hello and Goodbye: Introductions and Conclusions

Student question: “Does this paper need an introduction?” My answer: “I think that would be polite. Do you agree?” Quizzical looks follow. What does politeness have to do with writing an introduction? Then I explain that an introduction is really … Continue reading

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Learning with Second-Language English Writers

One of my biggest learning challenges this year has been figuring out how to help writers for whom English is a second language. These are students who have completed English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and classes but who … Continue reading

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What If Students Write for Themselves?

“You can write your way out of dark places. I know because I’ve done it.” My confession emerged yesterday during a class discussion of Virginia Woolf’s “The Death of the Moth,” an essay in which she writes empathetically about a … Continue reading

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“Can We Use I In This?”

A recent writing assignment in my college composition class involved telling about a change experienced or witnessed by each writer. One student told about an interesting situation (too personal to be detailed here), but her language was convoluted and highly … Continue reading

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Just Keep Going: Writing Strategies for Elaboration

In one of my first class sessions with a group of college writers, I gave a survey asking what issues they wanted us to definitely cover this semester. The most common concern was how to add length to their pieces … Continue reading

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The Journal Topics

Today members of our Expository Composition class wrote their final journal entries and handed in their well-worn spiral notebooks. I’m so proud of how many words and pages they wrote, and the profound wisdom and entertaining writing found in those … Continue reading

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Teaching Writing from the Inside Out

It took me a long time before I could say, “I am a writer.” I now proudly claim that Writer mantle because I spend a fair amount of time stringing together words, trying to say something worthwhile as engagingly as … Continue reading

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5 Good Ideas for High Schools to Adapt from Elementary Schools

Always on the lookout for ways to help high schools run more smoothly and effectively, I keep noticing that many good ideas for improving high school programs and policies look a lot like the way elementary schools operate. I wonder … Continue reading

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Ready to Go for the 34th Time

Tomorrow morning I begin my thirty-fourth and final year as a public school teacher. I’m enthusiastic, positive, focused, and ready to go. I’m not tired or burned out. Most days I’m at the top of my game, looking for new … Continue reading

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