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The Unstoppable Writing Teacher

Real Strategies for the Real Classroom

By M. Colleen Cruz
Foreword by Lucy Calkins

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 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. 

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

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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 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. 

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

For the struggles unique to you, she includes a “Name Your Monster” section that helps you identify your own individual roadblocks and even offers sustainable support through her blog, colleencruz.com.  “We can’t solve all the problems we’re faced with in writing instruction,” Colleen promises, “but we can choose how to respond to them.  And our responses will make all the difference.” 

What makes you unstoppable, or what's stopping you?  Connect with Colleen on her blog at www.colleencruz.com/blog.htm or on Twitter, #unstoppablewritingteacher.

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Contents

1. A Teaching Mindset

2. "I don't know what to teach this student.  He's a much better writer than I am."

3. "I can't seem to get my students to stay writing unless I'm sitting beside them."

4. "I'm not sure how to work with students who are new to English."

5. "I'm finding some student writing repetitive and boring."

6. "I don't feel prepared to work with a student with such great challenges."

7. "I never have enough time."

8. "I need more resources."

9. "I teach grammar but my kids don't learn it."

10. "I feel alone in my work. No one else I know teaches using the writing workshop model."

11. "I have trouble getting families to understand writing workshop."

12. "I want students to write about what they care about, but so much of what they care about seems brainless and artificial to me."

13. Name Your Monster

14. Five Shockingly Easy Ways to Constantly Outgrow Yourself as a Teacher of Writing


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“Writing is struggle. If we want our students to become strong writers, then they have to become brave ones. We have to model that bravery in how we teach writing by naming the monsters that challenge us and facing them.  Once you finish this book, you’ll be well-prepared. You’ll know more about the teaching of writing. You’ll be braver. You’ll be unstoppable. &ldquo from the Foreword by Lucy Calkins

“Hold the phone!  Colleen Cruz has given us much more than a writing book here.  The Unstoppable Writing Teacher descends into the proverbial trenches and shines a realistic light on the daily life of teachers everywhere.  Each chapter addresses universal questions that teachers ponder every day.  In the end, teaching writing is rocket science. Read this book and you will learn a great deal about teaching writing, and even more about kids, teachers and life in general.” Stephanie Harvey

“The beauty of Colleen Cruz’s The Unstoppable Writing Teacher is that it anticipates and addresses the many barriers that writing teachers face and, in doing so, offers smart and practical steps to building strong, independent writers.  I love Cruz's notion that good writing teachers are both scientists and artists.  It is her mix of science and art that makes this an important book for anyone who teaches writing.  I highly recommend it. Kelly Gallagher

Would you benefit from having a literacy coach on-call to help you solve pressing writing workshop-related problems?  Colleen Cruz tackles teachers’ most predictable workshop-related issues in The Unstoppable Writing Teacher.   It’s a must-read this summer so that you’ll be the unstoppable writing teacher you want to be when school starts this fall. Stacey Shubitz for Two Writing Teachers