A few weeks ago I was in Nevada presenting to a group of teachers and administrators on best practices in the teaching of writing. During one of my sessions, I had an interaction with a group of teachers that has continued to linger in my mind. I thought I would take some time here to think aloud about it.
Hearing these words come from a reluctant 12-year-old during a writing conference just about knocked me over a few days ago. For weeks, this student sat during independent writing time with little more than a few new words scribbled on his crumpled piece of paper.