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Why I Decided to Switch Programs in My First Year

You can switch programs in your first year too. It’s not the end of the world. Promise. Plopping (read: slumping) into my usual seat near the back corner of the lecture hall, I braced for yet another hour of unintelligible murmur. It was ...

21 Tools for Conducting Digital Formative Assessments – Best of 2017

As I do during this week every year, I am taking some time off to relax and prepare for the new year. Every day this week I will be featuring the most popular blog posts of the year. This was one of the most popular posts in February. Condu...

New Territory: ‘The Nightingale’ Author Kristin Hannah Discusses Her New Alaska-Set Novel

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] The latest from bestselling The Nightingale author Kristin Hannah transports readers to remote 1970s Alaska. In this inte...

Why I Teach Journalism in My History Classes

In high school, I struggled to write clear, concise prose. My command of structure was minimal, and I didn’t make effective use of sources to inform my analysis. I also had difficulty differentiating between summary and analysis, much to ...

How to Identify Fake News: Crossing the Credibility Chasm with PEN America

[Register for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference today!] Thanks to the way we consume news today—largely through social media—weeding out what info is real and what’s fake is more difficult than ever. While social media has creat...

National Board Aims to Certify 1 Million

Sandreka Brown felt she became part of a community of teachers for the first time when she became National Board certified last year. Brown, who has been teaching middle school math in Alabama for nine years, decided to pursue certification...

WriteReader – Honoring the Emergent Writing of Young Learners

This is a guest post provided and sponsored by WriteReader. Last spring, I discovered WriteReader. Sign-up was easy and free, and the site is very user-friendly. I was pleased to find that it didn’t take hours of my time to figure it out ...

Giving Tuesday: 14 Charities for Writing & Literacy

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 as a way to counteract the overwhelming consumerism we experience on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Writer’s Digest is joining in the spirit of the season by creating a directory of literacy and writing charit...

Are You at Risk for Secondary Traumatic Stress?

Caring is a finite resource. I learned that from an Ojibwa second grader. At the beginning of the school year, David (not his real name) would jerk his neck back to flick the bangs out of his light brown eyes and write, “I love Mario. I l...

A Community of Passionate Readers

Most teachers are hopeful that their students will be more than just competent readers—we want them to be passionate readers. But schools can’t foster this passion alone. If we want to help our students become lifelong lovers of text, w...

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