Season 2: Episode 19 – Make Writing: Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Maker Space – Interview with Angela Stockman [Podcast]

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th-6In this episode, we welcome Angela Stockman. Angela is a longtime educator, author, and founder of the WNY Young Writer’s Studio, a community of writers and teachers of writing in Buffalo, New York. When she isn’t working with Studio fellows, Angela serves as a full time professional learning service provider and instructional coach to teachers throughout New York State. She has extensive experience with curriculum and assessment design and is one of the most popular education bloggers in the world.

In addition, she is a fellow of Communities for Learning, Leading Lasting Change, a New York Educator Voice Fellow, and the author of Make Writing – Teaching Strategies That Turn Writer’s Workshop Into a Maker Space. All of the profit earned from this book is used to fund activities at the WNY Young Writers’ Studio.

Here are some of the topics we discussed:

  1. What is the beautiful question behind Make Writing – 5 Teaching Strategies that Turn Writer’s Workshop Into A Maker Space?
  2. Your first hack talks about writing physically and collaboratively. What does this look like in the classroom? How can it vary for different ages of students?
  3. We are interested in flexible learning spaces. You talk about “remaking your space”  to improve on uninspired classroom design. How does a writing makerspace look different, and why is this important when making writing
  4. Often, writers struggle because they cannot hone in on a topic idea. How does teaching them to tinker assist in generating and developing creative ideas?
  5. Why is it important to connect writers to authentic audiences and how can teachers do this?
  6. You encourage teachers to define their purpose through a credo, manifesto, or purpose statement. What is your purpose statement?
  7. What “beautiful questions” are you currently thinking about?

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Each episode we leave you with a couple of questions to think about…with the idea of provoking conversation. This episode’s questions

  1. What action step will you take to create a writing makers pace in your classroom
  2. As a leader, how will you support your teachers as they work with their students to make writing?

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