M. Colleen Cruz

Writer, Educator, Consultant

Making Units Short(er)

February 10, 2015

Tags: units of study, writing workshop, time

Im back, with a vengeance or at least a plan to blog twice a month.

For those of you who are new to this blog, my latest book, UNSTOPPABLE WRITING TEACHER, is in its final production stages (May 15th!) This blog is meant to support and add on to the work began in (more…)

Time for Balancing Small Groups and Conferences

November 11, 2014

Tags: time, trouble, small groups, conferences, writing

I'm back in the blogging saddle again.

I had to take a little (by little, I mean 6 week) break to finish writing my new book - and it is at last finished (at least from my end). Phew and yay. But in the meantime, I have collected many fantastic questions/issues/ideas that I (more…)

Selected Works

A book that addresses some of the most common and challenging struggles a teacher of writing might face - and offers solutions
Professional Literature
A practical resource for 3rd grade teachers looking to teach writing workshop
A practical resource for 4th grade teachers looking to teach writing workshop.
A practical book and quick read from Heinemann's Help Desk Imprint
Co-written with Lucy Calkins, this book is a part of the Units of Study First Hand Series from Heinemann.
Designed for teachers, this book discusses the ins and outs of teaching students to cultivate independent writing lives.
Young Adult Novel
A finalist for the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, this book follows the story of Cesi as she embarks on a journey to Mexico in order to learn more about her family, and herself.