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The Heart of the Matter

November 9, 2016

  Heart Maps: Helping Students Create and Craft Authentic Writing (Heinemann, 2016) is Georgia Heard’s newest book and while I haven’t had time yet to dig deeply into my personal copy, it seems an appropriate book to suggest for teachers looking for ways to help students make sense of the events in our world. Maps have been part […]

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Writing Teachers Writing…

May 22, 2016

TEACHERS WRITE 2016! is a “community of teachers, librarians, and authors who believe that people who teach writing are most effective when they are truly writers themselves.” Started in 2012 by Kate Messner, Jen Vincent, and Gae Polisner, Teachers Write is an opportunity for educators to explore writing in a relaxed, virtual “class,” alongside a growing community of more than 2500 enthusiastic teachers […]

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Storytime Singalong with Emily Arrow

April 3, 2016

Songs have many of the same attributes as picture books – rhythm, repetition, rhyme. Like picture books, they’re written to be sang (read) and performed (shared aloud). Which is one of the reasons that Emily Arrow’s new CD of Kid-lit tunes is such a treat. A collection of picture book-inspired and kid-friendly songs, Storytime Singalong […]

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Teacher Melissa Guerrette on Writing and Student Collaboration with Author Linda Urban: Pt. 3

February 4, 2016

This past Fall at the 2015 NCTE conference, I heard Linda Urban (and several other authors) speak with teacher, Melissa Guerrette about writing. It was fascinating!  They also talked about MILO SPECK, and an interesting collaboration that developed between Linda and Melissa’s class.Today we share Part 3 of a 3-part post about Milo and that collaboration. (Part 1 can be found HERE, […]

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Teacher Melissa Guerrette on Writing and Student Collaboration with Author Linda Urban: Pt. 2

February 2, 2016

This past Fall at the 2015 NCTE conference, I heard Linda Urban (and several other authors) speak with teacher, Melissa Guerrette about writing. It was fascinating!  They also talked about MILO SPECK, and an interesting collaboration that developed between Linda and Melissa’s class. I’m excited to share Part 2 of a 3-part post about Milo and that collaboration. (Part 1 can […]

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Why Read Aloud?

November 29, 2015

Reading aloud is one of those things that seems to fall by the wayside these days.  It’s a shame.  Kids, parents, teachers, librarians. We’re all over-scheduled, over-worked, over-tired.  And yet, for those of us who love to read and who believe in the power of story,  those 15 or 20 minutes we spend sharing a […]

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A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic by Lisa Papaemetriou

October 25, 2015

In Lisa Papademetriou’s fascinating A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic (HarperCollins, 2015) two girls on polar opposite points of the earth are brought together by a magical book entitled The Exquisite Corpse. Kia is from Houston. Leila is an American living in Pakistan. Each have a copy of the magic book that writes its own […]

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