CLMOOC

Curating a Collection of Place-Based SmallPoems

Every morning, in October, I used the daily place-based theme of the day for CLMOOC and Write Out to both write poetry (at home, before work) and doodle (at school, with kids). While I was posting the small poems at my poetry site, I wanted to find a way to gather them together, to curate […]

The #WriteOut Audio Collaboration: 25+ Voices in a Poem

After a week or so of asking (cajoling, sometimes) folks to record lines and stanzas from the collaborative Where We’re From poem (with lines submitted by more than 100 people during the first part of the Write Out project), the last track was delivered, put into place, and the collaboration … is complete. Take a […]

Wrapping Up Write Out (part one)

The two-week place-based story-centered Write Out project came to a close this weekend with one final newsletter. We used the metaphor of “planting seeds” as to avoid “this all comes to an end right here.” In other words, we hope the ideas from this whirlwind of two weeks will provide ideas for the future. Read […]

Sort of Silent Sunday (with music)

I was wandering our woods, just taking in the colors. So I took some photographs and went home to compose a music track of Autumn Leaves. The video is built in SoundSlides. Peace (listening to the wood), Kevin

Still Doodling Daily

My students and I continue to doodle and draw daily with place-based themes that connect to both CLMOOC and Write Out (I’ve also been writing small poems each morning to the theme of the day, too). I am loving how the calendar itself becomes a work of art as each box gets doodled in. I […]

Art Inspirations: The Place-Based Daily Doodle Project

Join the folks in Write Out and CLMOOC (Connected Learning MOOC, an early open learning project created by the National Writing Project) for daily inspirations to draw, doodle, take pictures or write poems, stories or reflections. Each day in October, there is a daily theme, and even if you are just seeing this now, mid-October, […]

Come Write Out This Month

The Write Out 2019 adventure starts up on October 13 and you are invited. It’s a free, connected learning adventure that focuses on place-based learning and the stories of places — urban, rural and in-between. If you sign up, you’ll receive our newsletters that start and end the two-week cycles. Also, the National Day on […]

RobotWriter App: A Story of Updates

I worked on this story idea over at Yap.Net, where I unfolded it one box at a time from June through September. My aim was to try to use the idea of App Updates to tell a story, and to weave some funny ideas into the mix. I had noticed that some App Updates have […]

Slice of Life: Doodle Your Way into the Days

(This is for the Slice of Life challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers. We write on Tuesdays about the small moments in the larger perspective … or is that the larger perspective in the smaller moments? You write, too.) This morning, all of my students are going to get a huge, oversized calendar labeled October: Doodles of […]

The TikTok Kids and the Social Media Dance

There’s a fascinating deep dive into the world of TikTok in The New Yorker magazine (technology issue) this week. If you don’t know what TikTok is, other than hearing the alliterative name on the lips of every adolescent and teen you come across, it’s a good place to start. Read How TikTok Holds Our Attention […]

When Trolls Come Calling for Kids: Is This The Path Forward?

… the rise of a new climate movement means there’s now a much more visible — and especially vulnerable — target: kids. — Zahra Hirji, Buzzfeed In my classroom, one of the things I hope I am encouraging is not just dialogue among young students with different views but also support if their passions are […]

Stories as Circles and Circles as Dots and Dots as Stories

Once again, we celebrated International Dot Day (inspired by the book, The Dot) in the classroom this week by having students write very short stories, with a circular theme (object, motion, etc) and then use the Visual Poetry site to “paint” the objects with the words of their stories. And once again, the creativity of […]