Squirrel Guardian, of the House of Procrastination and Random Mischief

A huge shout-out of gratitude to Angela Stockman: read this first: Ah, the synergy and serendipity of collaboration and conversation. I’m sitting in my writing shed, something I wanted forever, am very grateful to have, and am still paying off. And the barn-style door does not stay propped open on its own (does anything?). Returning… Read More Squirrel Guardian, of the House of Procrastination and Random Mischief


http://www.yesmagazine.org/for-teachers/writing-competition-essays/spring-2018-national-student-writing-competition-letters-of-hope The Writing Prompt Students, please respond to the writing prompt below with an up-to-700-word letter: Think about what matters most to you about our country’s future. Write a letter to someone important to you, describing that future you imagine and hope for.   Who is Eligible? You must be a classroom teacher—homeschool cooperative, resource… Read More Write.

'tis the season: December Ideas

Two Writing Teachers posted: https://twowritingteachers.org/2017/10/27/narrative-writing-makes-a-beautiful-gift/ Writing is a gift–and perhaps if students of writing see themselves, their words, as gifts to themselves and others we can reshape how they feel about writing (which isn’t always positive). My favorite December idea: Drabble-A-Day Creative constraints provide necessary restrictions for all of us who wish to create productively.… Read More 'tis the season: December Ideas

Saving Summer: Point of View

One of my go-to independent reading activities: Re-writing key scenes from PoV of different characters #ProjectLITchat pic.twitter.com/BABlWzjppY — Jarred Amato (@jarredamato) August 20, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js #ProjectLITChat This is a great idea. Simple as that.

Best laid plans.

We broke rain records this year, no small feat considering the Seattle area maintains a well-deserved reputation of one of the soggiest places around. Drizzles, downpours, drenching or dollops–no matter the size of the drop, it’s wet. Personally, my older son and I share the love of the gray, goopy clouds. Whenever I think of… Read More Best laid plans.

Write-It-Right Wednesday

We are writers. Writing serves my creative mania. In my classroom, historically, we write more than we read. Do I love books? Of course! Am I passionate and excited about passages, excerpts, themes, patterns, characters, and juicy plots? Naturally! But in my experience, if you truly want to a student, a person– to engage, spill… Read More Write-It-Right Wednesday