AP English Language and Composition & Senior English Teacher — Lewisville, TX
Advocating for authentic reading and writing instruction in all English classes — because choice in books and topics matters. Many administrators and teachers make the move to readers-writers workshop for their students who struggle because they know when children are readers they are usually better thinkers and better writers. Often, they are better citizens. Imagine the possibilities if we transform instruction by moving to readers and writers workshop for our proficient and advanced students, too. A workshop, student-centered, inquiry-based pedagogy that allows students to grow into their identities as readers and writers works in ALL classrooms for all students, ELL, G/T, gen ed, honors, and AP. I know. I’ve done it, and I write at this blog to help other teachers do it, too. How can we help?
National Writing Project / North Star of Texas Writing Project/ National Council of Teachers of English, Chair Nominating Committee 2015-2016 / Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts/ North Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, President 2015-2016/International Reading Association
Rasmussen, Amy, and William Eastman. “An Intervention Change-Up: Investing in Teacher Expertise to Transform Student Learning.” English Journal 107 (2018): 26-32.
Adams, M., Rasmussen, A., & Cato, H. (2011, Summer). An Educational Chop Shop (Nothing Illegal – Just a a Classroom Overhaul): Moving Learning for the Grade to Learning for Life. English in Texas, 41.1, 50-56.
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Adjunct Instructor of AMAZING sophomore, junior, and senior year preservice teachers in the College of Education at West Virginia University — Morgantown, WV
Teachers are as diverse as our students. Every member of a classroom community–students AND teachers–has different backgrounds, goals, and hopes. I believe the value of the readers and writers workshop lies in the freedom allowed to both teachers and students in what, why, and how we read and write. Students and teachers in classrooms across the country and across the curriculum deserve to have choice in their literacy experiences, emphasizing trust, independence, and autonomy–traits which will produce outstanding citizens, readers, writers, and thinkers.
National Council of Teachers of English / West Virginia Council of Teachers of English / National Writing Project at West Virginia University
My first experience with the workshop approach was in a math classroom, not an English one. In high school we challenged each other and ourselves come up with an elegant solution or a proof and share our thinking in front of the class. If we are going to call ourselves workshop teachers, we have to be flexible as to what workshop means. We owe it to our students and to ourselves to revisit lessons that aren’t working and routines we read about often in professional development literature but take up too much classroom time.
12th Grade English and Creative Writing Teacher–Arlington, TX. Two quotes work together to best exemplify 21st Century teaching:
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” -Yeats
“Teaching is a cake walk, except all the cakes are on fire, and you’re on fire, and
everything is on fire.” -Unknown
My first year of teaching, I tried to use my own pail to put out all the fires, thinking, It should be tidier and more life-changing than this, right? Maybe, but it wasn’t quite the label-makers and sharpened pencils job I had in mind. The summer following my first year, I attended a Writing Institute and was reminded that the fires are not the problem–our tendency to stifle them is. I dove straight into the workshop model my second year and haven’t looked back. I fell in love with writing when I realized I had a voice. I fell in love with reading when I found that the struggles and triumphs of others brought more light to my world. I hope to extend and encourage the same opportunity for my own future world-changers.
Personal Website: Jessica Jordana; A PLACE FOR CREATIVES STILL FINDING THEIR FEET.
Jackie Catcher, Secondary English Teacher — Exeter, NH
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Erika Bogdany, Secondary English Teacher — Brooklyn, NY
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Heather Cato, Director of Language & Literacy — Coppell, TX
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