Category Archives: Writing

Standing on the shoulders of giants: Donald, Donald, Lucy and Ralph

Pondering these questions led me to four writing ‘gurus:’ Donald Murray, Donald Graves, Lucy Calkins, and Ralph Fletcher. Donald Murray: Teach process, not product Murray believed that teachers should focus on teaching students the process of writing. He wrote about this … Continue reading

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Greater Madison Writing Project

To educate as the practice of freedom is a way of teaching that anyone can learn. That learning process comes easiest to those of us who teach who also believe that there is an aspect of our vocation that is … Continue reading

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Self-reflecting: a process they teach you in college to realize how much you suck

Contrary to the sarcastic tone of the title of this post, I do believe that ‘self-reflection’ is an essential part of the teaching process. Good teachers know when something hasn’t worked and change things to try to have more success … Continue reading

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