Why I Teach (#whyiteach)

It’s only fair to share…I teach because I am ALWAYS LEARNING when I am teaching. When I am learning I FEEL ALIVE. When I feel alive, I know I CAN CHANGE THE WORLD for the better!   It’s only fair to share…

Connected Courses: Towards a guilt-free learning zone….

It’s only fair to share…My CLMOOC friend and colleague Kevin Hodgson (@dogtrax) recently wrote a blog post for the Connected Courses community that prompted us to think about the importance of “lurking” in a connected learning environment.  For those of you who might not be familiar with the term within the context of online behavior, to … [Read more…]

Paper Circuitry illuminates “Writing as Making”

It’s only fair to share…There has been a great deal of buzz lately about “making” and production-centered learning.  As a professor of literature and writing, I have been enthusiastic about the role “making” might play in the classroom.  (Even those classrooms or courses that don’t inherently seem to lend themselves to making in the most obvious sense.)  But … [Read more…]

An Invitation: Join us for “Connected Courses”!

It’s only fair to share…I’m so thrilled to extend a heartfelt invitation to all my fellow learners and educators out there who are intrigued by the proposition of “open education”.  “Connected Courses” is a new online learning experience being put together by a group of amazing educators from the Connected Learning community.   We are a collaborative community of … [Read more…]

Why Connected Learning?

It’s only fair to share…We have been excited about the “Connected Learning” movement for some time at the Kean University Writing Project, and our team has been thinking about how to incorporate connected learning principles into our overall Invitational Summer Institute experience for our new Teacher Consultants. I thought I would share a bit on … [Read more…]

#Makerspace Launch!

It’s only fair to share… The Kean University Writing Project is a non-profit organization, a site of the National Writing Project, the largest professional development provider for teachers across the U.S. and the longest lasting PD provider of all organizations existing in the world.  Since 1974 the NWP has directly impacted the writing instruction of … [Read more…]

Innovation in Education: Writing as Making

It’s only fair to share…I recently made an inspiring trip to Washington DC where I was able to advocate for education, for teachers, and writing in our nation’s schools.  I was honored to be asked to introduce Representative Rush Holt of New Jersey to my colleagues of the National Writing Project, as we gathered together at the … [Read more…]

Some Thoughts on Open Learning: Ode to the Dandelion

It’s only fair to share…Nobody loves the head of a dandelion, maybe because they are so many, strong and soon.”    -Toni Morrison, “The Bluest Eye” My two boys celebrate the onset of Spring like so many young children everywhere do.  They get outside and embrace the thaw.  They run, they discover, they dig with … [Read more…]