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Look and You’ll See: Observation as Writing and Social Practice

We began this year by doing observational writing. I took my classes to different places — a community garden, a meadow — and had them write down things they noticed. I asked them to only write down things they had … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Teach Revision

As a writer, I can say that most of writing is actually revising. As a teacher, I can say that this idea isn’t how most children think about writing. As both a writer and a teacher, I want to argue … Continue reading

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Writing as Witnessing: writing about the Snoqualmie River salmon run

All writing is about something. When you teach writing, the world just pours in. And in return, writing can influence the world. Experiencing the power of writing as a way of witnessing¬†is very exciting to most of my students. Children … Continue reading

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Why Is English Spelling So Weird?

English spelling is undeniably chaotic. There is an exception to pretty much every rule.¬†However, while it doesn’t follow orderly rules, English spelling does have patterns. I think that learning a little background about how English spelling came to be is … Continue reading

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