#Icebreaker: Memoir Box

#Icebreaker: Memoir Box

No matter the hat you most often wear–author, blogger, business person, student–chances are you’ve encountered a variety of icebreaker and team building activities. Once upon a time, when my blog was finding its way, I used to post classroom...

Revision Project: Ways of Seeing

Today’s writing and revision project was inspired by a couple of exercises from the book Discovering the Writer Within by Bruce Ballenger and Barry Lane. Photography becomes the catalyst that challenges participants to complete a radical revision. It is presented here...

Back to School: Initial Writing Sample

Collecting a sample of each student’s writing should be at the top of your priority list during the first week of school. The writing should not be graded, nor should it be commented on. Rather, it should serve as a quick introduction to each student’s abilities. This...
Back to School: “I Am” Hand Poems

Back to School: “I Am” Hand Poems

“I am” hand poems, suitable for all grade levels, are a great way for students and teachers to become better acquainted. Students brainstorm descriptive words that will then be written on a construction paper cutout of their hand. Time permitting, students...