Thursday, March 26, 2009

National Writing Project E Voice

Welcome to E-Voice, the National Writing Project's bi-monthly email newsletter that provides news updates, links to articles of interest to writing teachers, and other information about the NWP community. Read the current issue.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Resources for parents and educators: Adolescent Literacy.or

Adolescent is a resource for parents and educators of kids in grades 4-12. It's a free e-newsletter and it's got a nice balance of writing and reading resources as well as blogs, multimedia videos with experts and YA authors as well as literacy strategies.

Right now I'm watching a video by Dr. Steve Graham of Vanderbilt University. It's long, so it would be a great shot of PD for spring break. Not only does he talk about why he was interested in writing, he also says that the best preparation for writing teachers is to go through writing project.
He also talks about self-regulated strategy development, peer revising, collaborative writing and grammar instruction.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Happy Square Root Day!

I'd like to officially say that although most of us at the Lehua Writing Project are current or former English teachers, we are NOT allergic to our math colleagues, and in fact we are more alike than not. So in that spirit, Happy Square Root Day! (3/3/09) For the math challenged amongst us, 3 is the square root of 9 8-)

The last square root day was on
Feb. 2, 2004, and the next is seven years away, on April 4, 2016.

Enjoy the day by reading a math children's book like:
Math Curse by John Scieszka
Your Momma Thinks Square Roots are Vegetables by Bill Amend
The Grapes of Math by Bill Tang or
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster