Assessing Writing, a Predicament

Like any other skill, writing improves with practice. The more we write, the more proficient we become; indeed, if a student is inspired to write—and truly enjoys the process—he or she will get a bit better at it without any teacher direction at all. Of course, we still need qualified teachers to introduce all students—even […]

March Book Launch

Keys to Inspiration: A Teacher’s Guide to a Student-Centered Writing Program has been released! There will be a book-launch get-together at Common Good Books, 38 Snelling Ave. South, St. Paul, on Sunday, March 18, at 2:00. Please come help me celebrate. There will be wine, cheese, crackers, and conversation, as well as a few carefully […]

Too Much Reading!

Yes, as blasphemous as it sounds, students today spend too much time reading, at least in school. It’s understandable, of course, for four reasons: 1.) Writing proficiency is disappearing from the national education debate—with reading and math getting all of the attention—so there’s little incentive for teachers, school districts, and states to invest much time […]