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2014 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

2014 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

June 2729, 2014
Dallas, Tex.

Explore ways to make excellent teaching the reality in every classroom.



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April 2014 | Volume 71 | Number 7

Writing: A Core Skill

Feature Articles

What Writing Is and Isn't

Jeff Anderson

Not explained in a kit or a formula, writing is a process, a skill, a joy.

Writing Is Taught, Not Caught

Carol Jago

Staring into the wild blue yonder doesn't pique inspiration, but tangible instruction does.

Parents as Writing Partners

Mary Ehrenworth

How to enlist parents to be their child's first reader.

Making the Most of Mentor Texts

Kelly Gallagher

To learn to do something unfamiliar, stand next to someone who knows how.

Teaching the Writer's Craft

Penny Kittle

Six practices that build savvy writers.

Revamping the Classroom Research Project

Nanci Werner-Burke

Google and the spirit of inquiry make research projects lively, relevant, and substantive.

Teaching Argument Writing to ELLs

Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull-Sypnieski

Strategies for every level of language learner—from beginner to advanced.

Writing to the World

Julie D. Ramsay

Kids collaborate on a global level through digital social interaction.

Beyond the Five-Paragraph Essay

Kimberly Hill Campbell

Write with authority, not formula, and leave the straitjacket behind.

Let Students Write Their Masterpiece

Steve Gardiner

What happens when the teacher says, "This is the year you write your masterpiece."

Should We Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late?

Brandi Clark

Primary kids take on the art of persuasion.

Columns / Departments

Double Take

Reviews, research, and relevant reads.

Research Says / Teach Critical Thinking to Teach Writing

Bryan Goodwin

Examining the link between thinking and writing.

Art and Science of Teaching / Review for Retention

Robert J. Marzano

The importance of systematically reviewing lessons taught.

Power Up! / Technology and the Illusion of Creativity

Doug Johnson

Using nifty tools is not the same as doing original work.

Principal Connection / Tips for Better Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thomas R. Hoerr

If we make parents do all the listening, we miss an opportunity to learn.

One to Grow On / Commending Writing

Carol Ann Tomlinson

How do we motivate kids to do what is inherently difficult?

EL Takeaways

Nine Notes About Writing


Jump-Starting Stalled Writers with Storytelling

Alexandra Keller and Sandie Grinnell

Kids see writing with new eyes when they receive letters from seniors.

Argument Writing Across the Content Areas

Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Teach students to blend in elements of narrative, analysis, and summary as they build arguments.

What Does Multiplying Two Candy Bars Really Mean?

Jihwa Noh and Karen Sabey

How to help students write good word problems.

EL Study Guide

Naomi Thiers

Watch This Spot

Eleanor Dougherty, author of the ASCD book Assignments Matter, tells how to help students become better writers.

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