Memory keepers and mavericks. The writing project creates both, and we must have both to move forward.
The writing project needs the traditions that make the writing project powerful- teachers always in the driver’s seat, writing always the road to accomplish great learning with our students. These traditions work: they empower, they entrust, and they highlight the great work accomplished in schools across the country.
But the Mavericks push our thinking beyond pen and paper- they push us from the analog world to the digital spaces that create authentic bold voices for the community to tune in to hear. Because of the Mavericks our students’ voices move from the classroom to the communities where we I’ve and work.
Yes- the writing project needs both. We need the memories to keep us grounded and the Mavericks to move us forward into cool new spaces!