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25 Reasons Why People Don’t Write & 25 Things To Do About It

Why People Don’t Write No ideas. No audience. No purpose. No desire. No vision. They think their writing isn’t good enough. The blank page…they don’t know how to get started. They don’t want to sound dumb. Lazy. Tired. Stressed. There’s too much to write about. There’s not enough to write about.  Other people are better writers. Not enough tenacity. Believe the lies the writing monsters tell them. No inspiration. No living, breathing writers in their daily lives. No feedback. Fear. Not enough time. Little understanding of Standard English. (Embarrassed to… Read more 25 Reasons Why People Don’t Write & 25 Things To Do About It


I’m glad you are here to celebrate! For more information, check out the CELEBRATE This Week page. Here’s my quick little list: One. While trying to organize my thoughts and learning from NCTE, I made a list of people at the conference who impacted my thinking. There were over 30 names on the list and people from 18 different states. I love that I’m connected to a diverse group of professionals who help me see what’s possible when it comes to helping kids become stronger readers and writers. I’ll be… Read more CELEBRATE This Week VII

Reading Like a Writer

These are three books I’m hoping to dig into a little more. If you click on the titles, it will take you to Heinemann’s website and sample chapters from all of the books. Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts and Life  Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading Text & Lessons for Content Area Reading Since Deb and I have been asked to encourage and support middle schoolers in annotating text and showing their thinking while reading content area material, I’ve changed my reading patterns a… Read more Reading Like a Writer