On Leadership – April

Bad Doesn't Have to Be Permanent* No matter how experienced we are, there are times we blow it.  But, that bad time doesn’t have to poison relationships with those with whom we work and for whom we have the responsibility to lead.  These excerpts from Bill Rosenthal on October 30th, 2013…

Leadership Workshop – Boston

Leadership can be a challenging With the demands on teacher leaders, planning meetings that are informative, inspiring, and engaging creates just one more challenge. With a little help from experienced leaders, current and future department chairs and literacy leaders can learn ways to make these mandatory gatherings a welcome opportunity…

Successful Writing Program

An approach proven successful for me has taken several years to develop.  But it does seem to encourage students to do their best work the first time.  This approach includes incremental grading, allotting in-class time for peer responses to second and third drafts, including the class general grading guideline and…

Critiquing or Grading Writing

It is helpful to understand the difference between critiquing student writing and grading student writing.  This link, Critiquing or Grading can help you create a rubric that achieves your goals. Students will appreciate knowing how they are being assessed, too.  So, I recommend clarifying the goals and allowing students to practice…