Sounding Our Collective Voices: Using Flipgrid as a Tool for Advocacy

Sounding Our Collective Voices: Using Flipgrid as a Tool for Advocacy
by Sara B. Kajder

Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care

by Sara B. Kajder

wordcloudWhy Classroom Stories?

I carry the stories of the English classrooms in which I have learned and failed and triumphed.  I have been formed by the students who taught me what it truly meant to put the right book into someone’s hands or to evoke the piece of writing that was necessary and impactful.  And, most importantly, I have been marked by the children who have struggled and who have thrived, both inside and outside of our classroom.  When I share the stories of what we have learned alongside one another, our story can start to do work.  It might evoke questions that lead to greater shared understanding.  It might persuade decision makers to band together to create a change.  It might open thinking about what is possible in high-need public schools.  It might invite someone to want to teach.

We teach in a time that…

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A Formula for Failure: The Problem with Formulaic Writing

As many writing teachers are aware, a power struggle exists today between standardized test writing and authentic writing, and this struggle threatens to disempower our students on a daily basis.

Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care

By Alex Kameen

As many writing teachers are aware, a power struggle exists today between standardized test writing and authentic writing, and this struggle threatens to disempower our students on a daily basis. Realized primarily through the pressures placed on teachers to prepare students for standardized tests, the impact of this struggle exists equally on a practical, theoretical, and political level.

Plainly put–young writers are getting ripped off, and we must find ways to change that.

Prepping for Tests: The Invention of Writing Formulas

One of the most widespread techniques for writing instruction that disempowers students on a daily basis is the teaching of writing formulas. As a teacher myself, I have used formulas persistently throughout my career to combat the pressures presented by standardized testing, but the more I employ them…the more troubled I feel towards their ultimate impact on students.

For example, in preparation for standardized…

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