Awards & Recognition
- RWP Teacher Consultant
The Redwood Writing Project has given me the opportunity to meet and learn from hundreds of K-12 teachers locally, within the state, and even nationally. My work with RWP allows me to be part of a professional support system that is inspiring, thriving, and constantly evolving. The RWP community creates a space for me to ask tough questions about my teaching as well as a space to study and learn. The energy and enthusiasm of RWP TCs is contagious. It’s hard not to be excited about teaching as a result of our work together.
RWP reminds me over and over again that writing is rewriting. The challenges and the rewards of writing (and of teaching writing) are in the process. Because much of the writing I do at RWP is collaborative, I am reminded of the social and interactive nature of writing and the ways that writing can bring us together personally and professionally. RWP encourages me to write regularly and for a variety of purposes including for reflection, for collaboration, for advocacy, and for sharing strategies and ideas.
My experiences with RWP, CWP, and NWP have provided me with the professional training and support that allows me to identify and value effective teaching practices. This training, however, also creates a responsibility to question and challenge policies and practices that I believe to be ineffective or harmful. RWP has helped me to become a more astute critic and a more confident advocate.
- Reflection, feedback, and revision are essential components of developing as a writer.
- Context is everything.
- “A word after a word after a word is power.” Margaret Atwood
- Teaching writing means helping students to become flexible and versatile readers, writers, and thinkers.
- Writing is not about learning a set of rules but rather about developing awareness of a complex set of creative rhetorical choices.
Over the twenty+ years that I have been teaching, books by Donald Murray, Troy Hicks, and Lucy Calkins have contributed important ideas to both my teaching philosophy and practice.