My SJVWP Story

Sometimes transformations come from very small actions. Accepting Faith Nitschke’s invitation to be an SJVWP Fellow during the summer of 2006 was one of those kinds of decisions. I was always learning as a teacher, so I knew that the Summer Institute would be a learning experience. What I didn’t …

Peer Response Groups

I’ve just started a Facebook page called The Writing Teacher. This morning, I posted about peer response groups. Here’s what I wrote. Discussion plays an important role in the Writing Teacher’s classroom. It gives students a real audience for their writing, supports the development of ideas, helps students identify non-productive …

NWP Review

Recently, I went to the National Writing Project’s annual conference #nwpam10 in Orlando, Florida. I always really enjoy it–from the sessions which are very well thought out and insightful to the general session which is always inspiring to the conversations with friends, old and new . . . NWP is …

SJVWP Teacher on TV

Get up early-ish tomorrow and watch Education Nation (with Brian Williams). Fresno High School teacher and SJVWP Teacher Consultant, Cate Dossetti will be one of the teachers present and (I hope) interviewed. She is a fantastic teacher who is articulate and intelligent; she’ll represent teachers well.