How do Grades Hurt Us?

A vending machine for art. It looks like it was re-purposed from a cigarette vending machine.

Reading an article about how it hurts kids to focus on “grades” instead of “learning”: “Grades vs Learning: Shifting Attention to What’s Important“ “Drafts, re-dos, and ‘evolving assignments’” may help students to focus on getting better at something instead of getting a good grade. Hmm. That sure sounds like writing a book! Everybody write a […]

Writing Gratitude Count-down: (1) The Gift of Attention

Maybe it’s the #Pitchwars season, but lately I’ve been realizing how many people have generously encouraged my writing. It’s so easy to send out queries and focus on the–sometimes deafening–silence, but when I look back on my writing journey, I see so many people who have gone out of their way to help. I’m sure […]