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Congratulations to the winner of this weekend’s Mid-month Commenting Challenge!

We had several slicers participate in the commenting challenge, commenting on 60 or more posts on Saturday and Sunday. Impressive!  Thank you to all of you who made the effort to comment on so many slicers’ blogs.  We know feedback makes such a difference for our community of writers.

The winner of the Amy VanDerWater’s book, Poems Are Teachers, along with a 20-minute Skype session is . . . Ramona Behnke, who writes on her blog “Pleasures from the Page” at


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Many thanks to Amy for donating this wonderful opportunity and book!  Learn more about Amy at her website,





Lanny Ball View All

For more than 27 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy specialist, working and living in the great state of Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

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