A BIG thank you to the people who graciously responded to the post I wrote in March when I was compiling the book list for the graduate course I’m teaching. … Continue Reading Mentor Texts and Journal Articles and Professional Books… Oh My!
Awhile ago I was a 7th grade language arts teacher. My last year in the classroom I had one of the coolest classes that may have ever been compiled. It … Continue Reading Wow. Just Wow.
On a tough day in the classroom, all of us have turned to Taylor Mali‘s poem “What Teachers Make” for some solace. Last month Taylor published a book, What Teachers … Continue Reading Talking with Taylor Mali + a Giveaway
This is great. We’re going to play it this afternoon with the class. Popcorn, apple juice, and a movie to celebrate our work in poetry. Please watch the first minute, … Continue Reading Kindergarten Poetry Celebration
Yesterday Lori Hickman and I launched a poetry unit of study in her kindergarten classroom. Since we wanted to see what they already knew about writing poetry, we decided to … Continue Reading First Attempt at Poetry
Congratulations to Justin Green whose commenter number corresponds to the random number drawn for Georgia Heard’s new book of poems The Arrow Finds Its Mark: A Book of Found Poems. … Continue Reading Found Poetry Giveaway Recipient
It’s Tuesday and it’s April. That means you’ve had two days to catch your breath if you were part of the 5th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge! I hope … Continue Reading The Weekly SOLSC Is Back!
Have you ever found a poem? I’m not talking about something with stanzas, line breaks, and the other traditional things that typically make a poem a poem. I’m talking about … Continue Reading Found Poetry + a Giveaway
I’ve hiked alongside a black bear, who was fishing for salmon in a stream, in Alaska. Maybe it was because I was with a group of people, but the bear … Continue Reading Talking Poetry with Lee Bennett Hopkins
On Feb. 29th, 2008, I gave my fourth graders a copy of the “Leap Year Poem.” I asked them to hold on to the little slip of paper I printed … Continue Reading Follow-Up: Leap Year Poem
Lee Bennett Hopkins delivered an inspiring keynote address, “Writers — Real People” last Wednesday morning at the TCRWP Writing Institute. His keynote address seemed to have three parts. First, he … Continue Reading Writers — Real People
From We had way too much fun today!!! We’ve all had those “best teaching days.” You know, the ones where the children are completely engaged in learning. The ones that … Continue Reading Neighborhood Walk
Have you ever wanted to write something, but you’re sure your words are never ever going to do it justice? That’s how I feel about tonight’s slice. Some of you … Continue Reading Home (Ruth’s SOLS)
If you don’t know already, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater totally rocks. If you are thinking Who’s Amy LV?, keep it to yourself and click here to see her remarkable blog, The … Continue Reading Sundays for the Soul: Amy LV
As a practicing Jew, I’m a little perplexed about the popularity of Chanukah. Chanukah is a minor holiday. It doesn’t have the same religious significance as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, … Continue Reading Chanukah Poems + A Book Giveaway
Bob Raczka and Peter H. Reynolds‘ new book, Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys, was released earlier this month. Guyku is a book of seasonal haiku poems written with … Continue Reading A Poetry Book for Boys