AP English Language and Composition & 11th grade English Teacher — Lewisville, TX
Advocating for choice reading and authentic writing in all English classes — because choice matters. Many administrators and teachers make the move to readers and writers workshop for their students who struggle because they know when children are readers they are 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 pedagogy works in ALL classrooms, gen ed, honors, AP. I know. I’ve done it, and I write at this blog to help other teachers do it, too.
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
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.
Old Class blog Citizen Scholars — a place for students to stay connected and show what they know
New Class blog (fall 2015) Challenge Accepted — where I write what I ask my students to write (sometimes).
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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.
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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