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Writing About the Arts

by Harmony Button It’s Arts Week in the Middle and Upper Schools at Waterford! We take this week to celebrate our rich performing and visual arts programs through gallery openings, special assemblies and performances — and as always, we should … Continue reading

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Why Teachers Should Write

by Harmony Button “Writing about our experiences, figuring out what they mean, and then hearing that writing discussed and questioned lets us create a kind of productive detachment from our own lives which makes our identities visible to us. We realize how our … Continue reading

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Writing as a Tool of Discovery

by Harmony Button Don’t just write what you know.  Write what you want to know.  — Melanie Rae Thon The Thinking:  In the fall of 2014, I had the pleasure of taking nine students to the Lake Effect Writers Conference.  This conference … Continue reading

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Writing for Self Reflection

by Harmony Button This week’s tip for writing across the curriculum has to do with using student self-reflection as a learning tool.   “Once the sentence starts its course, all your grief and failure come clear at last. Old inflections move from case to case, … Continue reading

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The Minute Paper

by Harmony Button The following is the first of a series of Writing Across the Curriculum weekly email digests that have been going out to Waterford teachers since October, 2014.  These posts focus on the theory, thinking, application and implications … Continue reading

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The Writing Process: Finding Mirrors for the Mind

by Harmony Button The following is the transcript of a talk I gave to the Waterford Parents Association on October 1, 2014. As Director of Writing at the Waterford School, my mission is to help faculty across all disciplines make the most … Continue reading

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Critical Thinking is a Teachable Practice

by Harmony Button The Waterford Writing Across the Curriculum initiative grew out of my thinking, reading, and discussion with my colleagues in various departments.  We knew that writing was important, but we were caught in the age-old dilemma: how do … Continue reading

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