Connecting my learning by connecting at #nwpam14 and #ncte14

It is in this season of conferences that I recognize that no matter how long it’s been since I’ve seen colleagues or friends, no matter how long it’s been since I’ve engaged with my favorite work of the Writing Project and NCTE, that the network that has sustained me throughout both my High School and… Continue reading Connecting my learning by connecting at #nwpam14 and #ncte14

Hacking the NWP Annual Meeting: Part 2

So now that you’ve started thinking about how you might go about hacking the conference, you may be looking at my proposed list in part 1 and having a few thoughts. For instance, “I really don’t want to lug my laptop around to the conference, especially without internet access in the meeting rooms.” or “that… Continue reading Hacking the NWP Annual Meeting: Part 2

Hacking the NWP Annual Meeting: Part 1

After years attending to the National Writing Project Annual Meeting with the traveling band of Red Cedar Writing Project wiki-ers, bloggers, podcasters, and tweeters, I feel I have a good handle on how to hack a conference.  In the past, we’ve been really cognizant of those of us at home, wishing we could be at… Continue reading Hacking the NWP Annual Meeting: Part 1

National Day on Writing 2010: My flash mob story

I suppose I will begin at the beginning. From the time I was a young child, I have wanted to be in a musical.  I want music to break out where I was, and I wanted everyone around me to dance.  Then, with the advent of cell phones and social media, smart people created flash… Continue reading National Day on Writing 2010: My flash mob story

Identity and Web 2.0: Draft 1

The National Writing Project‘s Web Presence retreat will begin tonight in Denver.  I was asked to develop a resource, of any genre, that reflected my understandings of identity and Web 2.0.  This was no easy task.  I have previously blogged in this space about privacy issues and social media, as well as given a lot… Continue reading Identity and Web 2.0: Draft 1

Clearer, better, fewer: Common Core today

I first blogged about the Common Core standards back in October, when the movement was really picking up speed.  If you aren’t familiar with the movement, here is a brief synopsis as provided to me from the National Writing Project’s Site Leader’s Ning, which gives a very concise history of the movement: The process began… Continue reading Clearer, better, fewer: Common Core today

On losing

Tomorrow, they will announce the finalists in the Race to the Top competition. What they won’t mention are the countless students whose states and schools have lost in that competition. We won’t be able to know how many schools, teachers, and students who get the RTTT funding will lose the richness of their curriculum in… Continue reading On losing

On becoming a teacher: the power of NWP

When I first heard of the National Writing Project, I was applying to the Red Cedar Writing Project Summer Invitational Institute. At the time, I was in my third-year as a certified English and Biology teacher, coming late to the field after spending a few years in and around education. What I had learned since… Continue reading On becoming a teacher: the power of NWP