Awards & Recognition
- CCWP Teacher Consultant
CCWP has inspired me! Learning from and working with such skilled and dedicated educators has changed my approach to the teaching of writing. How a student gets to the final product is just as important as the finished product itself. I’ve embedded the critical reading and thinking strategies, the decision-making and formulation of ideas process, the accountable talk activities, and the writing process used in our work as teachers directly into the classroom. The impact on student writing has been tremendous.
I’ve always written with students and for students; however, I haven’t had the confidence or forum to write for a wider audience. Having my work published and read by fellow educators has reminded me of the importance of having an audience and has given me the lens with which to see myself as a writer.
Presenting the CCSS to teachers across disciplines has been a great learning opportunity for me. Because of my work with the CCWP, my assignment this year is as a part-time literacy coordinator/coach at Shoreline Middle School. I have the best of both worlds; I teach for part of the day, and I support teachers in implementing CCSS writing across the curriculum for the other half of the day.
Writing is thinking. Writers need engaging topics, time to sift through ideas, opportunities to formulate their own ideas, frameworks with which to organize their thoughts, and encouragement to revise and edit to ensure clear and powerful communication. I love working with students as they clarify their thinking and discover the impact their writing has on the audience. Everyone has something to say!
Thirty years ago I purchased Writers in Training by Rebekah Caplan at a summer Bay Area WP Writing Workshop. It continues to be a great resource for Show Not Tell writing. William Zinsser’s Writing to Learn was influential in my career-long belief that, “Writing is the logical arrangement of thought.” Therefore, teaching kids to think, not what to think, leads to effective writing. The Writing Thief by Ruth Culham is a great reminder that the sources of good writing from which to teach are numerous!