Who Am I?


I am a father, husband, writer, and English teacher at a public magnet school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For much of the last decade I have wondered how it is possible to simultaneously fill all of those roles well, as each one by itself often feels as if it would require nearly all of my time to do right. This problem, and a deep sense that writing instruction in our country has a lot of areas where it needs significant improvement, has led me to the farthest corners of the writing instruction world in an effort to be more efficient and effective with my writing instruction. The answers I’ve found and the ways they’ve changed my life both in and out of school are found in my weekly newsletter, The Re-Write Blog. I hope it helps you to be a better teacher, parent, partner, and friend to all those in your life.

The Re-Write Newsletter

Sign up for my weekly Re-Write Newsletter to get the following:

  • Breakdowns of the most recent advances in our understanding of writing instruction
  • Classroom tested writing lessons and materials
  • Reviews of the best old and new writing books
  • Tips and insights from a practicing writing classroom

More about Matt

Matt is about to start his 12th year in the classroom. He has taught every grade 7-12, written a book for new teachers, contributes to Edutopia and Principal Leadership magazine, and taught in both private and public schools. He is currently working on a book for Corwin on writing instruction and regularly delivers professional development and keynotes across the country. Matt is also an avid cook, gardener, surfer, and hockey player, though he tries to spend most of his non-teaching and writing time enjoying life in his little college town with his wonderful wife and daughter.