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A Digital Writing “Aha!” Moment

A Digital Writing “Aha!” Moment

Yesterday was the fourth and final day of the 4TDW digital writing conference, culminating in Kevin Hodgson’s keynote, “A Day in the Life of a Digital Writer”. Kevin blogged about his experience here. As with all the conference sessions, a recording of the session, as well as slides and notes will be available shortly on the 4TDW home page. These are all well worth exploring. I […]

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How to Fake a Student-Centered Classroom

How to Fake a Student-Centered Classroom

It’s the time of year where preparing for the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) conference moves into full swing. My co-presenters & I are building on last year’s session on becoming a reflexive practitioner. This year we’re talking about moving from reflexivity into action. For our purposes, reflexivity means looking not only at what happened, but the beliefs, attitudes, and values undergirding what you do, think, say. I […]

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#SOL16: Nightlight

#SOL16: Nightlight

It was a beautiful today today and go figure, for the life of me I can’t explain why I felt so bleak. I think it’s the cumulative effect of the hate, mistrust, and fear that seem to permeate even the air outdoors. People care passionately about the election but nobody seems to feel safe talking about it. When I got my hair cut Sunday, my […]

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#SOL16 How Moist Is Moist Enough?

#SOL16 How Moist Is Moist Enough?

There are currently six hoses snaking across the front and back yards of our house. It is October and I thought the growing season was long gone, but recently my husband had someone reseed the lawn. In the information the lawn guys looped around the doorknob (with the bill) were instructions. “The soil must be kept moist at all times until the seed germinates,” said […]

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#SOL16: Taking Stock

#SOL16: Taking Stock

I can’t remember the last time I took stock of my life. My most profound moments of reflection tend to come when I’m driving. Since I live 20-30 minutes from anywhere, this is probably not a bad thing. In terms of productive action, however, who can remember what you were thinking about five minutes after parking? Sometimes it’s the process of thinking that is inherently […]

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The Mozilla Curriculum Workshop 9/30/16 – Maker Party & Copyright

The Mozilla Curriculum Workshop 9/30/16 – Maker Party & Copyright

I happened to be on Twitter when I caught Paul Oh’s about Mozilla’s Maker Party & Copyright. I skidded in short of halfway through and  caught the live YouTube stream + simultaneous Etherpad collaboration. Chad Sansing moderated the  session. After brief introductions, the first two questions posted to the Etherpad raised a plethora of experiences, questions, & comments. 10:10 – 10:20 AM ET – Questions & Answers […]

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Slice of Life: A Small Green Tea Set

Slice of Life: A Small Green Tea Set

 The authors of the  Two Writing Teachers  blog  hold a weekly challenge that is pretty much exactly what the name of the challenge implies. I’m diving in. Here are the details:  A Slice is a little segment of your day…..Every Tuesday there will be a post on the Two Writing Teachers main page where you can link your Slice of Life story post and read other people’s […]

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Whoops, I did it again: A new conversation on “digital writing”

Whoops, I did it again: A new conversation on “digital writing”

These conversations creep up when I least expect them. Last night, it was in a car on the way back from a bike ride down the west side of  Manhattan and back up the Jersey side of the Hudson. Included was cruising across the  George Washington Bridge and an excellent ferry ride. Then came the traffic on the way home. Talk turned to work-related stuff, and […]

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Composing vs. “Digital Writing”

Composing vs. “Digital Writing”

I’ve had a couple of crappy days this week, so when it looked like things might be easing last night, I found myself sitting at my desk, itching to make something. Let me be more specific. I found myself craving the experience of being immersed in the process of creating something. Of composing. It used to be that I would turn to writing when I […]

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