student writing

Dinner for Nine: A Meal for Many

My seventh graders were in the process of researching information about Jackie Robinson in order to create an expository essay. Together, we were reading the book, 42 is Not Just a Number, by Doreen Rappaport. In the first chapter, the author writes of how Robinson’s family did not have much money when he was a […]

Why You Gotta Make Me Keep Writing So Much?

Teaching writing to seventh graders is often quite tedious. Most of the kids really don’t want to write and, if they do, they don’t want to go through the arduous process of revising, editing and re-writing. Still I love what I do…most days. This year, I am really enjoying using our new software that allows […]


At school, we have a new program that allows teachers to monitor students as they work online. One cool feature allows us to simply shut down a student if he is not on the assigned site for the day. It is fun watching their reactions to being instantly blocked. Another great feature allows me to […]

Charts: The Enormous Power of a Teacher’s Words


My second-grade teacher, Mrs. Thompson, was a pudgy little lady with hair cropped close to her head. She looks mean in the yellowed class picture near the front of my school days’ scrapbook. But I can’t recall a single angry word ever spoken. I do remember that Mrs. Thompson was allergic to chalk. And I […]

Helping Your Students Do Efficient Online Research

Our students don’t know the world without the Internet. They spend days and nights on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat but hardly know how to translate all the information into learning. Gen Z doesn’t necessarily think critically about what they find online, and we, as educators, should teach the academic side of the Internet to […]

Mrs. Jones’ Class


I was completely taken by surprise. Nothing like this had ever before. The fact that I didn’t see it coming made it that much more special. I have clicked the word publish well over a hundred times before. Each time not really knowing what type of reaction I would receive. If any at all. And […]

Why Students Plagiarize and How You Can Help


Thanks to the internet plagiarism is all too easy these days. And with all the pressure students are under – their demanding schedules and an unprecedented fear of failure – it’s not unexpected that they would be tempted t take the easy way out. But do students fully understand plagiarism and its cost to them? […]

Use these 10 educational online resources to write A+ essays


Have you ever made your best efforts to write a brilliant paper according to your professor’s instructions? That didn’t result well, did it? Don’t worry; all students have been in your shoes in one point or another. The difference between successful students and below-average achievers is that people of the first category never give up. […]

Mini-lesson: Student Writing as Our Mentor for Sentences


I readLearning byTeachingby Donald Murraythis summer, and I finally understand the importance of using student writing as the main text in my writing class. While I’ve believed students can learn fromI lurked on this chat. Many positive examples of learning from student wrting. While I believe students can learn fromreading one another’s work, and I’ve […]