TWC ..go take a look

I belong to the Teachers Writers Collaborative, an organization that seeks to educate the imagination!!— by offering innovative creative writing programs for students and teachers, and by providing a variety of publications and resources to support learning through the literary arts.

Check them out! You can subscribe to their journal, but you can also register FREE for their newsletter to stay informed for the possibilities they may offer.

Now and then, as I visit the site, I am reminded why I joined. The link below is a compelling message from celebrated author Naomi Shibab Nye on why we should bring poetry into the lives of our students.

Poetry as a part of real life


Jacket Flap

What a treasure, and a time-saver! Joining is free–check out Jacket Flap, a site where you can explore children’s and young adult literature, read reviews, and find links to hundreds of blogs. And, a great bonus is that this site is updated daily with information about every book, author, illustrator, and publisher in the children’s / young adult book industry. Members include published authors and illustrators, librarians, agents, editors, publicists, booksellers, publishers and fans.

Frodo’s Notebook

Teachers– if you are looking for a source for your up and coming student writers (middle-highschool),  here’s a good one!

Frodo’s Notebook—A journal of teens, literature, and the arts, written by teens with opportunities to submit in almost every genre.

Students (or you!) can also request a free email subscription to the Frodo’s Notebook newsletter.

Such wonderful opportunities that students have today! Point them in these directions!

Winter Wonderland!

Awoke this AM to beautiful snow!! There is something about snow that awakens the senses: the quiet, muffled stillness–the beauty of the pines drooping, laden with snow, the backyard out to the woods fresh and new.


palpable quiet

the path to the woods untouched

by our footprints–peace.

Ralph Fletcher and Guys Read and Guys also Write…


If you have boys who don’t like to read, don’t like to write, and you have never heard Ralph Fletcher speak, or read his material on boys reading and writing, here’s a link to the National Writing Project where you can download an interview with Fletcher on this very topic.

And then there are these wonderful books….check out Fletcher, if you do not already know him well.

Ralph Fletcher on Motivating Boys to Write            boy-writers

Three-Minute Fiction

NPR web site where students are challenged to write three-minute stories. Great for fluent thinking and updated frequently.

How much fun is this!!??


Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. A great site for learning word associations.
Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections. Juts play and you will figure it all out. Your students will be naturals!

Just a great site for writing—a cool kind of thesaurus.

Oh, and it’s free!!



It is SO Simple. You’ll see one word at the top of the following screen.
You have sixty seconds to write about it.

Click go and the page will load with the cursor in place.

Don’t think. Just write.

When the 60 secs is up, you are taken to a screen to submit your quick write to an email or a website. This is great site for fluency–just getting words out of the head and on “paper”.—-How could you use this, teachers?

1–You could have this at a computer station as a center activity–students would visit, check out the one word that pops up, write and submit. If they have their own blogs, they can submit to themselves, or if they have their own email, submit to themselves. Their quick writes can be a kind of electronic writer’s notebook. Perhaps in that 60 second quick write they had their fires fueled to write deeper on a quick write topic.

2–If students have iPads–wow–what you can do with this site. You can start everyone off at the same time. If they all have blogs on your teaching website–they can submit their quick writes to: themselves, a peer writing partner, a peer writing group, or to you.