Archive for the ‘Writing’ category

Writing Strategy: Time Management

October 17th, 2011

One of our teachers, Cheryl Redfield, has been writing for the AZK12 Center‘s blog. Her most recent post, Horse Before the Cart, describes insight she gained administering a writing assessment. Time management factors in heavily into the quality of student writing. If a student takes time for prewriting, the final product almost always turns out better than an assignment written quickly at the lunch table five minutes before it’s due.

But how do we teach time management with regards to writing? Redfield has a pragmatic list of commitments for teachers and students that can be implemented effectively into the classroom. Check it out.

Naming the GRAIL

October 5th, 2011

NASA launched two lunar probes in September as part of the GRAIL project to create a gravity map of the moon. The two probes are called GRAIL-A and GRAIL-B, but NASA wants help changing the names. Here’s more information about the writing contest. It’s cool because the Spirit and Opportunity rovers were named by students.


September 9th, 2011

I’m excited to try out BoomWriter, a collaborative writing site. The teacher creates the first section and then students add onto it. The group votes on which one they like best and the winner is the next chapter. The process continues with more writing and more voting.

Haiku: Gourmet is Relative

July 11th, 2011

One of my haikus just got put up on Yahoo. I like it, but the formatting for poems on their site is nasty.

Check it out here.


September 4th, 2010

My technology handbook was published by the district and I’ve had a couple of book reviews published (aside from what I write here). The last time I’ve had fiction published was when I won my elementary school’s district writing competition in 5th grade.

It’s very exciting that a short story I wrote this summer was published by 5923 Quarterly. Check out my story, Hiccup, by clicking here. (Students, the link is fine, but some of the other stories on the site are intended for adults. I only guarantee my story.)