Becoming Authentic Writers, Part 1

How the paperless classroom goes beyond teacher convenience

This post was featured on the Chippewa River Writing Project’s Teachers as Writers Blog this week. Check out the blog for other great posts from CRWP teachers.

This is the first in a series of posts about the impact of a paperless approach on the writing process and product.

"Stack of Papers" by Flickr user Jenni C
“Stack of Papers” by Flickr user Jenni C

When it comes to technology, I am a geek.  My students and my colleagues will not be surprised that I spend countless hours playing with technology and dreaming of ways to adapt it for the classroom.  My friends and family are not shocked when we go shopping and they lose me in the Apple Store or the Best Buy (if the local bookstore does not claim me first).

Using TBL Activities in AP English

Thursday was a good day! Scratch that – pun intended, as you will see in a moment. Thursday was a great day!

Recently, on the PsychTeacher Listserv that I participate in, there was a thread about Team-Based Learning.  I was not familiar with this college-level instructional practice that has students working in teams and pushes them toward in-depth analysis and discussion. I was intrigued,

Why Read? Ten Reasons by Kelly Gallagher

In his book, Deeper Reading, Kelly Gallagher lays out ten reasons that students should read.  His ten statements resonated with me, and as I read, I envisioned them as a poster that I could use in my classroom to keep the conversation going about reading.  I proposed the idea of creating an infographic to Kelly Gallagher last year, and he gave his permission to use his ten reasons.  We agreed that a Creative Commons license would be attached so that the graphic may be shared, used, or printed by anyone, but not sold.  Below is an image of the infographic.

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Why Read by Kelly Gallagher: An Infographic
Why Read by Kelly Gallagher: An Infographic