Thursday, June 19, 2014

Stenhouse resources

"Teaching grammar has been the thorn in the writing workshop side since its inception. It seems to be the one part of grammar we can quite get right---possibly because we still think of grammar as a separate subject."

This excerpt above comes from a post by Amy Buckner at the Stenhouse Summer Blogstitute 2014. To read more, click here. 

While this blog is certainly an advertising opportunity for Stenhouse, it's also a chance to learn.
Teaching grammar has been the thorn in the writing workshop side since its inception. It seems to be the one part of writing we can’t quite get right—possibly because we still think of grammar as a separate subject. Many teachers have writing workshop and grammar scheduled at two different times during the day. Other teachers have a day where they teach grammar instead of writing workshop. And then there are those who think that if kids are writing, they’ll pick up the grammar naturally. - See more at: http://blog.stenhouse.com/archives/2014/06/16/blogstitute-post-1-aimee-buckner-on-grammar/#sthash.MIdZLcNo.dpuf
Welcome to the first post of our 2014 Summer Blogstitute! We kick off our series with a post by Aimee Buckner on teaching grammar. Aimee is working on a book about the topic (yay!) and here she shares her thoughts on where, how, and when to approach this important topic. Aimee’s most recent book is Nonfiction Notebooks. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a package of free Stenhouse books from our Blogstitute contributors. That’s eight free books! You can also head over the the Stenhouse website and use code BLOG to receive 20% off and free shipping on your order. - See more at: http://blog.stenhouse.com/archives/2014/06/16/blogstitute-post-1-aimee-buckner-on-grammar/#sthash.MIdZLcNo.dpuf
Welcome to the first post of our 2014 Summer Blogstitute! We kick off our series with a post by Aimee Buckner on teaching grammar. Aimee is working on a book about the topic (yay!) and here she shares her thoughts on where, how, and when to approach this important topic. Aimee’s most recent book is Nonfiction Notebooks. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a package of free Stenhouse books from our Blogstitute contributors. That’s eight free books! You can also head over the the Stenhouse website and use code BLOG to receive 20% off and free shipping on your order. - See more at: http://blog.stenhouse.com/archives/2014/06/16/blogstitute-post-1-aimee-buckner-on-grammar/#sthash.MIdZLcNo.dpuf
Welcome to the first post of our 2014 Summer Blogstitute! We kick off our series with a post by Aimee Buckner on teaching grammar. Aimee is working on a book about the topic (yay!) and here she shares her thoughts on where, how, and when to approach this important topic. Aimee’s most recent book is Nonfiction Notebooks. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a package of free Stenhouse books from our Blogstitute contributors. That’s eight free books! You can also head over the the Stenhouse website and use code BLOG to receive 20% off and free shipping on your order. - See more at: http://blog.stenhouse.com/archives/2014/06/16/blogstitute-post-1-aimee-buckner-on-grammar/#sthash.MIdZLcNo.dpuf
Welcome to the first post of our 2014 Summer Blogstitute! We kick off our series with a post by Aimee Buckner on teaching grammar. Aimee is working on a book about the topic (yay!) and here she shares her thoughts on where, how, and when to approach this important topic. Aimee’s most recent book is Nonfiction Notebooks. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a package of free Stenhouse books from our Blogstitute contributors. That’s eight free books! You can also head over the the Stenhouse website and use code BLOG to receive 20% off and free shipping on your order. - See more at: http://blog.stenhouse.com/archives/2014/06/16/blogstitute-post-1-aimee-buckner-on-grammar/#sthash.MIdZLcNo.dpuf
Welcome to the first post of our 2014 Summer Blogstitute! We kick off our series with a post by Aimee Buckner on teaching grammar. Aimee is working on a book about the topic (yay!) and here she shares her thoughts on where, how, and when to approach this important topic. Aimee’s most recent book is Nonfiction Notebooks. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a package of free Stenhouse books from our Blogstitute contributors. That’s eight free books! You can also head over the the Stenhouse website and use code BLOG to receive 20% off and free shipping on your order. - See more at: http://blog.stenhouse.com/archives/2014/06/16/blogstitute-post-1-aimee-buckner-on-grammar/#sthash.MIdZLcNo.dpuf
Welcome to the first post of our 2014 Summer Blogstitute! We kick off our series with a post by Aimee Buckner on teaching grammar. Aimee is working on a book about the topic (yay!) and here she shares her thoughts on where, how, and when to approach this important topic. Aimee’s most recent book is Nonfiction Notebooks. Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a package of free Stenhouse books from our Blogstitute contributors. That’s eight free books! You can also head over the the Stenhouse website and use code BLOG to receive 20% off and free shipping on your order. - See more at: http://blog.stenhouse.com/archives/2014/06/16/blogstitute-post-1-aimee-buckner-on-grammar/#sthash.MIdZLcNo.dpuf

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Should it be more difficult to get into education programs?

The following excerpt comes from a piece by Amanda Ripley at "Slate" that suggests making it more difficult to get into an education program will greatly improve education.  To read the entire piece, click here.

"So far this month in education news, a California court has decimated rigid job protections for teachers, and Oklahoma’s governor has abolished the most rigorous learning standards that state has ever had. Back and forth we go in America’s exhausting tug-of-war over schools—local versus federal control, union versus management, us versus them.

But something else is happening, too. Something that hasn’t made many headlines but has the potential to finally revolutionize education in ways these nasty feuds never will."

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Check out our 2014 summer workshops!

Below is a list of summer workshops offered by the Red River Valley Writing Project. This information is also available if you click the "Summer Workshops" at the right side of the blog.


2014 Intensive Institute in Fargo: Common Core and More 

Preinstitute May 16-17; Institute July 8-17, NDSU Campus

The intensive summer institute offers a place to read and discuss ideas about teaching writing and using writing to teach—plus time to write. Readings include common and grade-specific selections to meet the needs and interests of all teachers participating in the institute. Teachers also share best teaching practices through hands-on teaching demonstrations and explore the teaching of writing by writing. Participants receive a stipend to reimburse the cost of tuition for the institute. They also receive books and a supportive community of fellow teachers. Institute fellows are eligible for graduate credits through NDSU. Teachers of any subject, at any grade level, may apply. The 2014 Summer Institute is funded through a SEED Leadership Grant.


2014 Open Institute in Fargo: Build Your Argument Toolkit--Rhetoric in the K12 Classroom 

July 22 and 23, 8:30 - 4:30, NDSU Campus, one credit

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts place tremendous emphasis on the “evidence-based argument,” but there’s a more important word buried (and sometimes misdefined) in the standards: “rhetoric.” “Rhetoric,” in the classic sense, is the study of persuasion, and it’s difficult to teach students to read or write arguments without it. It encompasses everything from coming up with sound claims to the selection of evidence to audience analysis to persuasive techniques to word choice. This mini-institute is designed to give K12 teachers an introductory course in classical to contemporary rhetoric, so that we might select useful ideas, terms, and techniques for our students and our teaching. Participants are eligible for one continuing education credit through NDSU.


2014 Open Institute in Grand Forks: Narrative Writing and the Physical World

July 28 - 31, 8:00 - 4:30, UND campus, two credits

Participants will explore what narrative writing entails and learn how the physical surroundings in a story can help propel the action forward and create more authentic characters and dialogue. Participants will read, analyze, and discuss model narratives and actively engage in writing, revising, and sharing their own narratives. Participants will also discuss applications of new learnings to classroom practice. Designed for educators K-16.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Quick update

We---your Red River Valley Leadership Team---have been working and thinking and writing and working... Last week we had a retreat to plan a year-long calendar, talk about grants and programing, and figure out our priorities. It was productive and fun, typical for the work we do together.

One of our priorities is to re-energize this blog, so look for new stuff here very soon.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Maplelag again!! Writing and skiing await you.

The Red River Valley Writing Project is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring a Winter Writing Retreat January 24-26, 2014, at Maplelag Resort near Calloway, Minnesota (north of Detroit Lakes off Hwy. 59).

At the Winter Writing Retreat, participants will have a chance to generate new writing as well as work on drafts of previously written pieces if they so choose. Our writing time at Maplelag will feature writing to prompts, draft expansion activities, writing groups, revision time, whole-group sharing, and individual editing/coaching. In addition, participants will have some downtime to try their hand (and feet) at cross-country skiing, skating, snowshoeing, and/or hiking on Maplelag's ponds/lakes and wooded outdoor trails. (For more information on Maplelag Resort, click here.)

A weekend at Maplelag normally would cost $275.00 per person; the RRVWP will pay all but $50.00!

Included in this low $50.00 Writing Retreat fee:

•lodging for two nights/three days,

•all meals (Friday evening meal, three meals on Saturday, and two on Sunday),

•full resort access (NOT including equipment rental: Ski rental is $15 per person; snowshoe rental is $5. Skates are no charge.),

•free wireless internet—bring your own laptop.

Participants must make their own travel arrangements. Once we have our group defined, we will facilitate carpooling for those who wish to do so to cut down on transportation costs.

If you would like to partake of this wonderful opportunity to write, please send a non-refundable deposit of $50.00 by Thursday, Dec. 19, to Pam Fisher at Central High School, 115 N 4th St., Grand Forks, ND 58203. Make your deposit check payable to Maplelag (memo line: RRVWP Writing Retreat). Also, please send Pam an email (pam[dot]fisher[at]gfschools[dot]org) to indicate that a deposit check is on the way. Include in this email a brief explanation of why you would like to attend this writing retreat and what you would like to accomplish there.

We have room for only nine participants at our Winter Writing Retreat. If we have more participants apply than we can accommodate, preference will be given to active TCs and recent "graduates" of the Summer Institute. We will also take into account a participant's reasons for wanting to attend.

If you have any questions about this Writing Retreat, please let Pam know.

Let's write!!