For 38 years, the Greater New Orleans Writing Project at the University of New Orleans has been a site of the National Writing Project, an organization dedicated to improving writing and the teaching of writing throughout the Greater New Orleans area and the nation. We achieve our goals through teacher collaboration, inquiry into best practices, Read More

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Call for Editorial Cartoon Submissions.

Sarah DeBacher | November 6, 2015

“The Scholastic Writing Awards are introducing a new category for 2016 – Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation. The Editorial Cartoon category celebrates the legacy of four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Herb Block and his remarkable contribution to American history and free expression. Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to the students who Read More

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Monster Wars!

Sarah DeBacher | October 29, 2015

In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d share this SUPER FUN writing activity called “Monster Wars.”* Writing! Coloring! Monsters! Reflection! This assignment is scarily good. While my writers are college freshmen, you could easily do Monster Wars with writers at all grade levels. The Monster Wars activity is designed to show students just Read More

Take Me There

Ari Zeiger | October 5, 2015

Yesterday, I buckled in for one of those “I’ve put this off as long as possible, and it’s either now or never” grading sessions. This is the worst way to respond to student writing. When grading this way, I fall into the trap of seeing the stack of essays as so much front-yard grass to Read More

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Greater New Orleans Writing Project shared Humans of New York's photo.

Humans of New York

“I decided to become a teacher because I knew what it was like to grow up poor, and I wanted to help kids in similar circumstances. I didn’t expect it to be easy. But I guess I thought there’d be only one or two kids acting up in class, and everyone else would be paying attention. Instead it’s only one or two kids who actually behave. I’m drained every day. I’ve been teaching for thirteen years. And if it wasn’t for summer break, I’d have quit already. Forty percent of my job rating is based on standardized testing. It’s the only job I know where your performance is based on how other people behave. I can’t control what’s going on outside my classroom. I can’t control if my kids are from abusive households, or don’t eat breakfast, or can’t get to school on time. But those things affect my rating when they show up in test scores. I need to find a new career where my performance is based on me.”

Nov 26th 10:29am • No Comments

Greater New Orleans Writing Project shared San Marcos Writing Project's post.

San Marcos Writing Project

"Teachers must follow policy that demands them to enter a certain amount of grades every week, month, or marking period. There's no stopping it. However, we need to reflect upon policies and practices like this -- and possibly consider regulating them. Is grading the focus, or is learning the focus? Yes, grades should and can reflect student learning, but often they can get in the way and actually harm student learning.
Myron Dueck notes that students need to care about consequences, and many students simply don't care about zeros. In fact, some of them will say, "Fine, I'll take the zero," which totally defeats the intended purpose and in fact destroys any leverage that I have to help students learn. Zeros do not reflect student learning. They reflect compliance. Instead of zeros, we should enter incompletes, and use these moments to correct behavioral errors and mistakes. Often, one zero can mathematically destroy a student's grade and pollute an overall metric that should reflect student learning."

Nov 25th 12:59pm • No Comments

Greater New Orleans Writing Project shared a link.

Susan Sontag, The Art of Fiction No. 143


Everything in Sontag’s apartment testifies to the range of her interests, but it is the work itself, like her conversation, that demonstrates the passionate nature of her commitments.

Nov 24th 11:29am • 1 Comment

Check out this amazing resource for teaching Thankgiving, and explore all the FREE resources from the good people of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Teaching Tolerance

Find out how the TT community teaches Thanksgiving—and pick up some tips for your own instruction.

Nov 24th 11:05am • No Comments