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Contacting Me...
I appreciate hearing from teachers and students who explore my website.

I strongly encourage my fellow teacher-leaders to post their original "best practice" resources somewhere on-line for other teachers to discover..and appreciate. I believe if we all did this, we would eliminate the need to purchase expensive text books with mediocre lessons (at best) created by educators who've been out of the classroom too long.

My fellow teachers, we need to change the world one lesson at a time; the Internet is a perfect tool for us to begin the process. Whether you blog, or tweet, or ning, or build an actual website from scratch, make sure you share those things you know work with kids!

I invite you to contact me about any of the resources or ideas I have posted at my site. Here is my e-mail address:

Since starting this website, I have received thousands of wonderful e-mails from teachers all over the globe. Thanks in advance for the kind words.

Occasionally, I receive a teacher-request that asks me to offer advice on changing a way that teacher uses writing in his/her classroom. This is a pretty big request to make of someone who is a full-time teacher, and I apologize in advance for only being able to share brief ideas when I receive this type of correspondence. The truth is that it took me many years of diligent lesson revision and experimentation to become a teacher who teaches writing well to middle school students. If you're struggling with big changes that you know need to happen in your school or classroom, or you're looking for how to begin making those changes, what I can do is suggest for you the three books that I would start with. These are the books that helped me begin the journey from being a fair writing teacher to being a strong writing teacher.

Three Books I Recommend for Struggling Writing Teachers

Creating Writers through 6-Trait Writing Assessment and Instruction
by Vicki Spandel

This is the cover for the edition of this book I helped edit. There's an even newer edition out now with a different cover. This book contains solid foundational ideas for using 6 traits as a classroom tool and language. There is also a version for primary teachers.


by Barry Lane

My husband and I have become friends with the author of this book. Barry is a teacher and author. The revision materials in this book are easily use-able with lessons on improving a piece of writing.


by Linda Rief

Here's my favorite book for keeping my writer's workshop full of great ideas as students finish one piece and are looking for their next idea to turn into a rough draft. Linda's quick-write topics in this book are powerful and engaging for my middle school students.


Other Educator-built Websites I Respect and Use:

I built this website in order to post just a few of my favorite original resources for other teachers to enjoy and use. I believe all educators are truly generous at heart, and I honor those who've given resources to me in the past by creating this website. Imagine how great it would be if the best of our teachers all posted ideas and tools that would better education every where.

Below are four other resource websites created by teachers I respect; three are maintained by teachers I actually know. I hope their spirit inspires an equivalent generosity in all of you.


WritingFix is the best website ever. And not just because they have several of my lessons posted! This site covers every writing topic out there!

If you're not a member of the NNWP's Writing Lesson of the Month Ning, change that fact right now! Click here and create a profile to begin receiving the monthly lessons!

The NNWP's Going Deep with 6 Trait Language Guide is a great teaching resource. You can order your own copy by visiting the NNWP's Publications Page.

Creating Writers through 6-Trait Writing
by Vicki Spandel. A really great teaching resource!

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins. My three classroom copies see no dust as they're passed from reader to reader.

My husband also keeps a webpage of his lessons and his professional development resources. Click here to visit his site.

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Click here to see some of my past students who are "famous" because they were published at the WritingFix website.





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