Write Answers is brought to you by the Ohio Writing Project. This podcast is for writers, teachers, and teachers who teach writers. In each episode we pitch the biggest questions in the field to the smartest people in the field.
In this episode, Dr. Tom Romano answers Beth's and Noah's questions including, "What do you want teachers to know" and "What would you like to see when it comes to the role of narrative in writing instruction?"
Of course, we also spend a big chunk of time discussing multi-genre research.
"How do you plan? How do you make decisions about what to put into your school year, week, and day?"
"How do we make decisions on what to implement when we keep running out of time?"
In this episode we work through ideas on how to make sure we plan for what's important, how to fit it all in, and how we an use structures for our school day in ways that maximize our teaching impact.
To tackle these big ideas around questions of planning, we enlisted the help of OWP stalwarts, Megan Rodney, Megan Moore, and David Tarr.
The next few episodes will share live presentations from the MovingWriters.org team! These presentations were shared and recorded at #NCTE19 in Baltimore Maryland.
In the first part of our MovingWriters.org mini-series, author and Moving Writers co-founder, Allison Marchetti, and contributing writer, Megan Kortlandt, will share some on setting up and managing Writing Workshop.
In part II of our Moving Writers mini-series, Mike Zigler and Hattie Maguire share tips and tricks around making time to confer with students and weaving in the magic of writing workshop, even when teaching AP courses, in which there is an rigid expectation of rigor.
In this episode Noah Waspe talks about ways to weave co-teaching into your writing workshop, and Stephanie Jochman discusses ways to combine reading and writing so that we can get more bang for our teaching buck!
In the final episode of our Moving Writers at #NCTE19 mini-series, Paige Timmerman discusses how to leverage the workshop approach for writers who struggle; Kristin Bond discusses how to use workshop to prepare college-ready writers, and Rebekah O’Dell provides brief closing remarks!
The Moving Writers Team:
Presentation Slides from “Workshop and Don’t Drop” at #NCTE19:
This special episode is a conversation with a group of Ohio Writing Project teachers around online education as COVID-19 shut down schools across the United States.
In this episode, we got into current issues, we took stock, we brainstormed ideas, and we did some troubleshooting around a possible issue that could arise.
Teachers who participated in this conversation:
Lindsay Bruggeman, Katlyn Bare, Kate Bauer, Betsy Woods, Katie Bills-Tenney, Karen Long, Adrienne Brooks, Allison Robeson, Tim Reisert (contributed to online resources), Angela Faulhaber
In this episode, we build on the ideas we shared last time about the “Create vs. Complete” mindset, and this time (tip of the hat, once again to Lindsay Bruggeman), we dig into what’s essential as we move into new ways of teaching and learning.
In this episode, Noah Waspe and Beth Rimer talk with Betsy Woods about what we should take with us from this online-teaching experience into the 2020-21 school year!
Follow today’s guest on Twitter: @BetsyLWoods
In this interview, Liz Prather digs into what it means to be a writer and a teacher of writing. We also delve into her newest book, Story Matters, which is available through Heinemann.
Find Liz’s book here: www.heinemann.com/products/e08980.aspx
Follow today’s guest on Twitter: @PratherLiz
Julia Torres joins us to discuss her work with Disrupt Texts and to talk about her work as an English Teacher-Librarian. We also dig into the inner work that goes into literacy as a form of liberation along with the process of awakening.
Follow today’s guest on Twitter: @Juliarin80
In this episode, we interview Lauren Olson, who teaches high school in Forest Hills, about how she chunks her class into segments. Through a conversation around this wonderful strategy, we dig into how a teacher can use their core beliefs and useful routines to anchor their teaching...even during a pandemic.
Follow today’s guest on Twitter: @coacholson11
Check out @owpmu on Instagram--which is run by Lauren!
In this episode, Noah speaks with a panel of Ohio writers: Tammy Bundy, Tim Reisert, Kendra Herber and Abby Lund about habits and processes, as well as how to maintain a writing life through the chaos. This episode is full of teaching tips, writing hacks, and ideas to jumpstart your writing life!
Find Tammy Bundy’s writing anywhere books are sold!
And at www.tamarabundy.com
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Find Kendra Herber’s writing at https://kendraherber.wixsite.com/mysite
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Find Abby Lund’s writing at www.movingwriters.org
Follow Abby on Twitter @mrsablund
In this episode, we talk to Nina Sudnick about how she uses writing to help students process their learning in Math class. Nina’s work has so many applications--writing across the curriculum, metacognition, formative assessment, action research, and more!
Find today’s guest on Twitter: @SudnickNina
Find more work from our guest: https://blog.heinemann.com/writing-to-learn-math
In this episode of Writer Answers, we talk to Traci Browder about what she learned as a writer from the process of completing a book + how it impacted her teaching. We also cover a wide range of topics from rocking remote learning to equity and even how interviewing her son for her podcast helped her see school through the eyes of a student.
Find today’s guest on Twitter: @TraciBrowder
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In this episode of Writer Answers, Liz Reilly and Noah Waspe talk to Sarah Zerwin about the thought processes behind her new book Point-less: an English Teacher’s Guide to More Meaningful Grading.
Find today’s guest on Twitter: @SarahMZerwin
Order Point-less: An English Teacher’s Guide to More Meaningful Grading
https://www.heinemann.com/products/e10951.aspx - Published by Heinemann.
Sarah’s website: https://sarahmzerwin.wordpress.com/
Meghan Lawson is a kindness ambassador, teacher, and instructional coach. In addition to all that, Meghan has led professional development for the Ohio Writing Project, both as a consultant and as an instructor in OWP’s masters degree classes for teachers.
In this episode, we discuss how sharing our teaching weaknesses can actually be a show of strength...and can make us better leaders, enhancing the conversations we have with colleagues--and with students.
If you’re interested in teaching, leadership, professional development, or PLC work--this episode is for you!
In this mini-series, Noah will be chatting with educators about "What's Working" in this weird year of pandemic-teaching.
This episode features an Ohio teacher named Stephanie Pearson who uses her writing workshop approach to help students become better researchers during her inquiry units.
Whether you're looking for writing workshop ideas, inquiry-based teaching moves, or managing a classroom during the pandemic--this episode is for you!
In this episode of Writer Answers, we talk to Ivana Farrar about how she has used culturally responsive teaching practices with great success during this whirlwind year of teaching. Ivana also has a nifty lesson idea that involves the music of J. Cole!
In this episode of Writer Answers, we talk to Lindsay Bruggeman about how she builds community whether teaching in person, virtually, or both! Our wide reaching conversation includes big ideas as well as practical teaching strategies that you can use in your own classroom to enhance connectivity with--and between--your students.
Find Lindsay Bruggeman on Twitter: @MrsBruggemanLHS
In this episode of Writer Answers, we talk to Celine Thomas about how she decided to be the change she wished to see in her world by creating a popular and meaningful elective class at her high school...completely from scratch!
In this episode of Writer Answers, we talk to Kelly Taylor about shifting away from bells and whistles to focus on simple, high impact teaching practices.
In this episode, we talk to Sara Godwin about how she’s approached student choice using Liz Prather’s Project-based Writing process. Pandemic teaching has been nothing short of overwhelming, but Sara leveraged the uncertainty of these times into opportunities to experiment with her teaching practice--with great success!
Follow Sara on Twitter: @SGodwinDP
Child-centered! Inquiry-based! Progressive! In this episode of Writer Answers, we explore Reggio-based teaching practices with Elizabeth Farris!
Follow Elizabeth on Twitter: @createplayteach
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