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Writing Short, Day 1

I've taken a new position. I'm now an editor and writer at a company called We Are Teachers. I do some article writing for them, but I also write very short pieces designed for emails or giveaways. I didn't think I'd like this kind of work, but I do! It brings me back to the importance of knowing how to write short. I've talked about this before, but here's the book I'm referencing:
And thank you, Roy Peter Clark, for soothing my guilt about writing specifically for the Tweet. In “How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times,” this amazing writer praises Twitter’s 140-character limit as a tool for “intelligent cutting.”
So, as a way to get better at my new craft, I'm re-reading his book and actually doing the activities at the end of each chapter. The first: Practice writing plain sentences that contain a grace note, one interesting word that stands out. ___________________________________________
As did Proteus, I move forward into change. I figure, I …

#IMMOOC: Week 1

With my new career starting in less than two weeks, I find my mind open to a shift in thinking. I am actively seeking a new avenue for my passion about education and learning. I don't want to be an editor of an education publication who is not pursuing information to improve and build on what we already know about education.
A few days ago, a participant in a group I follow contacted me. She told me she was inspired by my move from teaching into writing about teachers and administrators. She wanted to learn more from me and I knew as I talked to her, that I wanted to learn more from her. She mentioned that George Couros was starting up a group to talk about his new book The Innovator's Mindset. I quickly signed up, ordered the book on my Kindle and watched last week's video.

On the video, Couros said:
When we talk about the notion of innovation in education, people will ask but what about the basics? Innovation is not on the curriculum to which George Couros replied, "…