SMWP Resources

By Tim Hebda | Write Here, Write Now Resources Curated For The Southern Maine Writing Project

Three Reasons to Try Video Prompts in Your Classroom

Last summer, my son started an online writer’s workshop. Although it fizzled by the end of the summer, there was a period where they were all working …

Teaching

For Young Brains, a Storytelling Sweet Spot

In the study, 27 children between 3 and 5 years old were exposed to three kinds of narratives: audio-only stories, illustrated stories, and animated …

Self-Reflection

Why is my kid allowed to make spelling mistakes?

<b>Dear Cult of Pedagogy,</b><p><b>Last week, my son brought home a stack of papers from his first-grade class. Some of them had obvious spelling errors, but no</b> …

Teaching

A few ideas for conferring

The end of the year is a time for reflection, for sure, and we’ve been reading some great posts about looking back and planning forward. Lanny’s post …

Teaching

via Hypothesis

How language shapes the way we think

There are about 7,000 languages spoken around the world -- and they all have different sounds, vocabularies and structures. But do they shape the way …

Language

How Silent Letters in Words From the English Language Reveal Their Specific Etymological Origins

In an taciturn episode of their incredibly informative whiteboard series for Mental Floss, linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill …

The Courage To Write As Our True Selves

A Commitment To Authenticity<b>“The tigers have found me and I do not care.” — Charles Bukowski</b>One of my favorite quotes. And for years, I misunderstood …

7 Writing Exercises That Help Me Get Back to the Writing Groove

I’ve heard others declare that writer’s block doesn’t exist, that it’s nothing but a feeble excuse some people have for not writing.I beg to …

Shop Talk: The Nuts And Bolts Of Student Blogging – : the readiness is all

People always ask me to give them the nuts and bolts of how I teach my students to publish their work online. I’m always hesitant because I hate when …

Writers Write, Right?

Photo by Flickr user kellywritershouseWriters write.It’s such a staple of writing advice that it’s almost impossible to pinpoint where the quote …

Meaningful Responses to Student Writing

Blog: GradHacker <i>Alexandra (AJ) Gold is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at Boston University. Follow her on Twitter or check out her website.</i>It’s that …

Nine Ways to Create a Rich Writing Culture for Early Learners

Learning to Write, Writing to Learn<br>April 26, 2018 | Volume <b>13</b> | Issue <b>16</b> <b><br>Table of Contents</b> <b></b><p>Share |<p>Nine Ways to Create a Rich Writing Culture for Early …

Legendary Physicist David Bohm on the Paradox of Communication, the Crucial Difference Between Discussion and Dialogue, and What Is Keeping Us from Listening to One Another

“If we are to live in harmony with ourselves and with nature, we need to be able to communicate freely in a creative movement in which no one permanently holds to or otherwise defends his own ideas.”<p><i>“Words,”</i> Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her abiding meditation on the magic of real human communication,</i> …

Creativity

Reflect on your identity in blackout poetry

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been diving into your past, present, and future.<p>What are the different sides of your personality? Are you a weed …

Storytelling through hip-hop

Telling your story. Telling your narrative.How do you build a bigger world?<p>We know that it can be fun to create stories to share with others.<p>A good …

Benefits of Writing I Did Not See Coming

“Routine Equals Freedom” — Jocko WillinksI am approaching my year anniversary of writing consistently on Medium. Like making the decision to do …

Book review: 'Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners,' unforgettable free-verse poems for teens

Parents need to know that National Book Award Finalist Naomi Shihab "Nye's Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners" is a collection of 95 free verse …

Why we must not forget Robert Frost when we read modern poetry. He made the everyday extraordinary

Shorn of the flourish of rhetoric, treading close to prose, Frost’s poetry is a true hallmark of the undramatic modern.<p>The modern age beginning with …

Reading is fundamental -- to the family's happiness

<b>(CNN) —</b> A couple of years ago, when my older daughter was 8, she gently told my wife and me that she'd gotten too old for us to read her books anymore. We didn't try to talk her out of it or numerate the many benefits of reading aloud to a child (even after they can do so themselves). We were …

Books

Shifting the Grading Mindset Starts With Our Words

Language matters. It's that simple. What we say and how we say it has a big impact on how students and other stakeholders respond to our …

Developing Student Voice Through Great Content and Strong Instructional Practices

Amplifying Student Voice<br>March 8, 2018 | Volume <b>13</b> | Issue <b>13</b> <b><br>Table of Contents</b> <b></b><p>Share |<p>Developing Student Voice Through Great Content and Strong …

Teaching

Using Expressive Writing To Keep Students Grounded and Engaged in Science Courses

Before attacking a problem set or being introduced to a new concept, some students at San Francisco State University will pause during their science …

Students

Teaching primary pupils to write is a creative act, says Costa prize-winning teacher

The day after Luan Goldie – a primary school teacher from Barking – won the Costa Short Story Award, she didn’t have to go into school.<p>“I had a …

Teaching

How to use rhythm when creating emotion in your writing

Writing starts with reading. The single most important thing for a writer is to read constantly <b>and when you’re not reading, you should be writing.</b> …

Creative Writing

If your child is showing signs of stress or anxiety, this might help

When I was in fifth grade I wrote in my journal one day that I was upset about not having any real friends in class. My teacher reminded us, like she did every day, that our black-and-white composition notebooks were for our eyes only. She would read them <i>only if we asked her to</i>. That day, I asked …

Mental Health

Empowering Learners to Think with Performance Tasks

Pedagogy has been at the forefront of my thinking and work as of late. Decades of solid research have laid the foundation for current studies that …

Pedagogy

Why and How to Use YouTube Video Essays in Your Classroom

<i>In a world of nearly ubiquitous YouTube viewership, watching and making video essays in the classroom is not only a great platform for close reading</i> …

Teaching