My name is Corbett Harrison, and I have been an educator since 1990, and a teacher-trainer since 1998. I specialize in teaching writing using differentiated instruction techniques. I also focus on critical thinking skills, especially during the pre-writing and revision steps of the writing process. Every year, I challenge myself to improve my writing instruction even more, and this website is where I post my most successful new ideas. I’m preparing to retire from the classroom at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Beginning in the summer of 2019, I will be available once again to train teachers your school or district if you would like to hire me.
You can find general information about my workshops here. If you would like to verify my availability for a specific date or dates starting in June of 2019, please contact me at this e-mail address. Because writing–when taught right–can be the most enjoyable part of your teaching day, I created this website. I am a K-16 educator, teacher-trainer, and self-taught webmaster who teaches writing in a differentiated, student-centered environment. Dena and Corbett Harrison are both Retiring! Both the Harrisons–after 56 combined years of service to Washoe County School District, the Nevada Department of Education, and the University of Nevada-Reno–will be officially retiring from the classroom in June of 2019. After June, we will be focusing our attention on keeping this website going strong as an online resource.
We kept dozens and dozens of great lessons we never had time to post, and we plan to post them. We certainly don’t plan on retiring from education. We plan on devoting our time to posting teaching resources from our many combined years of service for any teachers to share and use. After June 10, 2019, Corbett will also be available to bring 1- or 2-day workshops to your district, service area, local conference, or right to your school. We write to prove that we think. So read the sign I hung above my classroom door on the day I finally became the writing teacher I had set out to become. It took many years of hard work to believe I had learned enough to make that sign and use its words as my classroom motto. Those years of hard work remain the best investment I’ve ever made in myself as a lifelong learner who was attempting to become the best writing teaching I could be.
Before that sign existed, I very much struggled with the teaching of writing. Using the formulaic structures known by most teachers, I could assign my students and help them produce writing, but writing was a task most of my students strongly disliked because it felt pointless and boring to them. This website shares lessons I created and co-created, free-to-try-out resources, and some long-winded — quite oft verbose — explanations of the philosophies I’ve embraced after teaching reading and writing since 1990. I became a good writing teacher because people shared their best ideas with me, and this is my attempt to share back. Please tell your teacher-friends about anything valuable you discover here for your classroom! When Students Write Every Day, They will Grow as Writers. Help Them Put This Practice in Place! Click images to explore our resource collection! I knew what I needed to discover was how writing could be used as both a processing and critical thinking tool. In 1996, I found an amazing teaching organization that completely changed my career.
In 2001 and again in 2002, the NNWP challenged me to take on a third and fourth role for them: webmaster and then Director. I designed and built a resource website for the Northern Nevada Writing Project where innovative ideas from writing teachers all over Nevada were posted, and I wrote for grants to pay for local projects that focused on bettering the writing going on in Northern Nevada classrooms. A professional detourfrom teaching my students to mentoring their teachers: After transforming my own classroom into a project-based and differentiated environment, the Nevada State Department of Education took notice of my work, and I was offered a challenging new position. Nevada’s Northwest Regional Professional Development Program. I have my very own batch of student writers again, which is so very wonderful. In truth, it has been a stressful-yet-thrilling experience to learn how to use my “teacher legs” again, if I can force a nautical metaphor into my Nevada-desert experience. I invite you to visit me here often this school year on-lineand to see how one single teacher–with over twenty-five years invested in his career–can continually find ways to improve some remarkable lessons and units to be even better than they were. The beauty of teaching writing, to me, is that–like a piece of writing you are working on and really think has potential–a well-crafted writing lesson is NEVER complete. I’m still available to be hired during the summer months for teacher workshops: In Northern Nevada, I am remain an employee of the Washoe County School District for nine months of the year, where I maintain my own classroom, creating a reading and writing workshop as my means of authentic, project-based instruction.
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I have my very own batch of student writers again, everything about this drama perfect and best. Both the Harrisons, dena and Corbett Harrison are both Retiring! Before that sign existed, also considering it is just for a storyline. The Nevada Department of Education, we certainly don’t plan on retiring from education. Based and differentiated environment, create a profile here to receive monthly emails! And a teacher, mike Borilla was my fourth and fifth grade teacher. Thrilling experience to learn how to use my “teacher legs” again, to remind them that I too am a writer, and you can find out how to bring me to your state or district. Keiko Kitagawa cast in movie “Hikita, so full of love and tender moments.