Ruth and I will be presenting at a couple of conferences together next year. The conferences are:
- Penn State York's Summer Institute on Thursday, June 27th, 2013. The conference's theme is The Essential Role of Writing in Contemporary K-12 Classrooms. We'll be doing the keynote together and then we will lead separate breakout sessions. The title of the keynote is "Teachers as Writers: Two Perspectives of How Writing Can Change Your Instruction." My breakout session topics will deal with conferring, using children's literature to enhance
the teaching of writing, and routines to help writing workshop run
- The Keystone State Reading Association's annual conference theme for 2013 is iRead. The conference will be held in State College, PA. Our sessions topic, on Saturday, October 19th, 2013, will be "Connecting, Cultivating, and Celebrating Our Words: Using Online Relationships as Writers."
I'm in the beginning stages of starting a new blog called Raising a Literate Human
. It's a blog that has two purposes. First, it's a place where I can share my observations about my daughter's growth as I work to help her become a literate human being. Second, it is a place for me to reflect on literacy research and popular articles that deal with reading and writing.
Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice
can now be previewed online at Stenhouse's Website. Click here
to go directly to the link. (Note: You will need Adobe Flash Player to preview the book.)
Ruth and I submitted our manuscript to Stenhouse. Day By Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice will be available this fall.
Will you be attending the NCTE Annual Convention in November? If so, I hope you'll consider attending a session I'm chairing on Friday, November 20th, 2009 for four educators from California. The session is entitled "Integrating Blogs, Podcasting, and Digital Videos into 4th and 5th Grade Language Arts Classes." Click here to add this session, B.17, to your NCTE Schedule.
If you're in Central Pennsylvania on October 22nd, I hope you'll register for the CAWP
's WordFest 2009: A Celebration of Writing
. I will be presenting a session for elementary teachers entitled "Well-Chosen Words About Slices of Real Life."
I'm delighted to be a judge for the Poetry
books of the 2009 Cybils.
I am writing a book, along with Ruth Ayres, for Stenhouse Publishers
. The working title of the book is Writing 180
, which defines six essential areas
of Writing Workshop (assessment, choice, conferring, mentor texts,
minilessons, and routines/procedures), with celebration/sharing woven
in throughout each of the six areas. Each essential area will contain three ten-day cycles to inspire and support teachers as they work to
lift the level of the Writing Workshops they lead during the school year.