One-third of my students attempted the April 2009 Poetry Challenge, which I gave them as an optional, independent activity during the month of April to celebrate National Poetry Month. It was a lot of work in a month that included over a week off from school. However, three of my students successfully completed it. Hence, I’m off to bake some chocolate chip cookies for the celebration I’m having for the three of them at lunchtime tomorrow. (As you can see, I already wrapped their gifts, which turned out to be more extensive than I had originally planned since I had more poetry books than I had kids who completed the Challenge thanks to the deal I got from Scholastic on the Poetry from Young People Series.)
I am a literacy consultant who has spent over a decade working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grade K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).