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Standing on Shoulders

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By Jennifer Serravallo

The Writing Strategies Book started shipping this week. I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the positive responses and enthusiasm from so many. Before you all get this book in your hands, though, I need to get something off my chest:

This book would not exist were it not for a community of friends, mentors, colleagues and teachers—giants—whom I’ve been lucky to know. I want you all to know them, too.

My most immediate teacher and mentor around the teaching of writing is Lucy Calkins. I first read her books in college, leaned on them heavily throughout my years in the classroom, and eventually was lucky enough to spend years with her at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Her contributions are deep-reaching—not only in writing curriculum and workshop methods of instruction but also as a mentor to so many who have gone on to inspire others. If you asked Lucy, though, she’d probably tell you she stands on the shoulders of her mentors, chief among them Don Graves. I came to Graves’ books, such as Writing: Teachers and Children at Work, many years after being introduced to Lucy’s books, but through Lucy, I was learning from this work years before going directly to the source.

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The Place of Pop Culture in the Writing Classroom

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Veteran teacher and author Colleen Cruz has seen it all and done it all in the writing classroom—and she’s got something to admit:  this is hard work.  Real hard.  In The Unstoppable Writing Teachershe takes on the common concerns, struggles, and roadblocks that we all face in writing instruction and helps us engage in the process of problem-solving each one. 

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Colleen Cruz: Show Your Thinking

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From dealing with writing workshop skeptics to working with students both gifted and challenged, and of course combating that eternal barrier—lack of time—The Unstoppable Writing Teacher offers tried-and-true strategies to address and overcome obstacles. 

For the struggles unique to you, author Colleen Cruz helps you identify your own individual roadblocks. "We can’t solve all the problems we’re faced with in writing instruction," she promises, "but we can choose how to respond to them. And our responses will make all the difference."

If a teacher dares and is confident enough to write in front of students, then maybe you can catch that writing epiphany–the spark of an idea–to inspire students to do the same. In the video below, Colleen has a few ideas on how to capture that.

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Colleen Cruz: Writing As A Tool For Thinking

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From dealing with writing workshop skeptics to working with students both gifted and challenged, and of course combating that eternal barrier—lack of time—The Unstoppable Writing Teacher offers tried-and-true strategies to address and overcome obstacles. 

For the struggles unique to you, author Colleen Cruz helps you identify your own individual roadblocks. "We can’t solve all the problems we’re faced with in writing instruction," she promises, "but we can choose how to respond to them. And our responses will make all the difference."

In this video, Colleen discusses how writing can be a tool for thinking. If you keep writing, something good will come of it. Your mind will sharpen.

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Colleen Cruz: Writing Is Really Hard

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Veteran teacher and author Colleen Cruz has seen it all in the writing classroom—and she’s got something to admit: this is hard work. Real hard. In her new book The Unstoppable Writing Teacher she takes on the common concerns, struggles, and roadblocks that we all face in writing instruction and helps us engage in the process of problem solving each one.

In this video, Colleen Cruz offers a refreshing and honest truth: writing is hard. But there's something exciting about facing this challenge. How do teachers prepare students for it?

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Get In Touch With Your Younger Self In Writing

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Veteran teacher and author Colleen Cruz has seen it all in the writing classroom—and she’s got something to admit: this is hard work. Real hard. In her new book The Unstoppable Writing Teacher she takes on the common concerns, struggles, and roadblocks that we all face in writing instruction and helps us engage in the process of problem solving each one. In today's post adapted from the book, Colleen presents a new kind of writing exercise for a different angle on mentor texts.

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