Category Archives: Writing

Why I Write in 2016

Every October 20 is National Day on Writing. I first learned of the day last year through various blogs I follow, which led me to the NCTE page linked above for more information. Last year I wrote about why I … Continue reading

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[Mentor Text Monday] ROYGBIV

The “mentor text” for this post is actually just an idea- an idea to use all the colors of the rainbow, ROYGBIV, in a blog post either through words or visuals.   The amber brown of my tea looks up … Continue reading

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[Mentor Text Monday] Snapchat

All the cool kids love Snapchat. But what does this have to do with mentor texts and writing? Well, some of the coolest features on Snapchat are the daily filters. Each day there are a new set of filters you can use on … Continue reading

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Writing in Books (or Marginalia!)

I recently read a blog post in which the writer was responding to a reading survey. The question was whether or not the blogger writes in books. The blogger wrote something along the lines of, “No.  I think it’s interesting … Continue reading

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The Writing Process for a Blog Writer

I’ve been doing a lot of reading of professional literature on the teaching of writing, the writing workshop, and the writing standards for students. As the idea of the writing process comes up over and over again, I took pause … Continue reading

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Why I Write

Today is a day of writing! NCTE,  The National Writing Project, and the New York Times Learning Network have partnered with Teaching Channel to share this campaign. Students and educators around the country are asked to reflect about why they … Continue reading

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[Mentor Text Monday] Writing a Book

I’m dusting off my Mentor Text Monday concept for a new post this week! Back in March I finished writing, revising, and editing my dissertation. Throughout the writing process I was constantly looking at other dissertations as mentor texts. I had … Continue reading

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Writing as Stress Relief

How could I forget? Writing is one of my favorite forms of stress relief. I LOVE writing! Whether I share it or not, whether anyone reads it or not, writing soothes me. Yet over and over again, I find myself … Continue reading

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[Mentor Text Monday] Word After Word After Word

For the last few months I have watched teachers and leaders truly see the value in mentor texts. Until you are exposed to the purpose and value of mentor texts, the phrase has no meaning. Once you have that a-ha … Continue reading

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[Mentor Text Monday] Emails

My Mentor Text Monday posts are few and far between these days. But every once in a while, I think of some type of text to share. These posts are about me as a reader, a writer, and a communicator. Today … Continue reading

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