Devon O'Brien

Devon O’Brien is an English teacher and writing coach in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. She has taught middle school and high school for eighteen years. A National Board Certified Teacher, Devon was a 2016 recipient of a Maryland Excellence in GT Education Award. Her professional interests include creative writing, brain theory, and talent identification.

The NaNoWriMo Classroom Challenge

The NaNoWriMo Classroom Challenge

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an annual challenge to produce a complete work in thirty days. This is no mean feat for anyone, regardless of their age and experience.

NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is an annual challenge to produce a complete work in thirty days. This is no mean feat for anyone, regardless of their age and experience.... read more

Five Keys to Blogging with Gifted and Talented Writing Groups

Five Keys to Blogging with Gifted and Talented Writing Groups

Last year, with the support of my principal, I started a new program that focused on enriched writing instruction for sixth grade writers.  Twice a week, students participated in small-group writing workshops and used Kidblog for peer review and digital portfolios.  This year, the program allowed me to follow my “guinea pigs” to seventh grade, and

Last year, with the support of my principal, I started a new program that focused on enriched writing instruction for sixth grade writers.  Twice a week, students participated in small-group writing workshops and used Kidblog for peer review and digital portfolios.  This year, the program allowed me to follow my “guinea pigs” to seventh grade, and... read more