What I Have Been Writing – January 25, 2015

It has been a busy week since last Saturday. Several pieces I had been working on were posted online recently. Here is a round up of what was shared.

unmistakeable-impact-renwickBook Review: Unmistakable Impact by Jim Knight (MiddleWeb, January 22, 2015)

I recommended this book, if for no other reason than the chapter on conducting workshops. That part of the text was very helpful for me, when I was preparing presentations at a recent technology convention.

Upcoming reviews for MiddleWeb include Blended by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker, and Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? by Yong Zhao. Follow @MiddleWeb or subscribe to their site to receive the links to these reviews when published.

Is Facebook the New School Webpage? (EdTech – Focus on K-12, January 20, 2015)


I enjoyed profiling a teacher and my superintendent in this article. Several staff members in our district are using Facebook as a way to quickly communicate school news and student learning with families.

Teacher/Learner and New Literacies (Theory and Practice, January 17 and January 24, 2015)

On my new site, I explored the topics of action research and literacy in the 21st century. I have found that posting summaries and analysis about relevant articles and studies forces me to read more deeply about these topics. The journals I subscribe to don’t just sit on my desk in the off-chance that I will have some free time to read them.

Bonus: The First Theory and Practice Podcast

I am excited to initiate my very first podcast related to my new site. I have three very knowledgable administrators joining me tonight to discuss principal professional development.

principal-pd-2Better yet, anyone can watch the podcast as it is happening tonight. You can either go to this link, or watch it stream live below (I think; this is my first time trying this).

Author: Matt Renwick

Matt Renwick is an 18-year public educator who began as a 5th and 6th-grade teacher in Rudolph, WI. He now serves as an elementary principal for the Mineral Point Unified School District (http://mineralpointschools.org/). Matt also teaches online graduate courses in curriculum design and instructional leadership for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. He tweets @ReadByExample and writes for ASCD (www.ascd.org) and Lead Literacy (www.leadliteracy.com).

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