Tag: school visits

Three #amwriting #writingprocess reminders from the Olympics. (Obrigada, Brasil!)

  Confession: While I’m incredibly inspired by each Olympic athlete, my current personal best is an occasional sprint to the fridge between competitions. Thus, I hereby justify my Olympic-binge-watching by offering three #writingprocess take-aways. #amwriting reminders too. Dive in. When I teach the WRITING PROCESS, I neglect one of the hardest parts: The WAITING PROCESS. Like an athlete’s Olympic… Read more »

Why I LOVE Skype & YOU Might Too.

I’ve just returned from visiting 22 schools all over the world in twelve days. 1,000+ kids–all levels and cultures–and boy did we have fun! It was not the most direct route, mind you.  California (Los Altos Hills) –> Illinois –> New Hampshire –> Texas (Fort Worth) –> Malaysia –> Pakistan –> U.A.E /Dubai (Kinders and… Read more »

If You Can Read This, Thank A Teacher–or Librarian

As we plow through January to the blizzard of BookLove events like I LOVE TO READ month, I’m reminded that READ ACROSS AMERICA, WORLD READ ALOUD DAY, even DR. SEUSS’ birthday would be nothing, NOTHING, ZERO, ZILCH, NADA without teachers and librarians. Let’s face it, dear author pals–if our friends and colleagues in the trenches,… Read more »

The Writing Process Blog Tour

My friend author–and SCBWI RA pal, Susan Uhlig tagged me to jump on the Writing Process Blog Tour so welcome to my two cents about this crazy-wonderful business. You can read what Susan had to say about her process HERE. As for me… What am I working on? Like many authors, I’m working on several… Read more »

Hohoho– “It is resolved that DECK THE WALLS teaches kids bad manners.” *Using DEBATES to teach Close Reading!

I had the pleasure of presenting at the California Reading Association’s PDI again this past November, to a packed house of AMAZING EDUCATORS, including the innovative crew from Loomis Grammar School, recipients of the 2013 California Exemplary Reading Program. Everyone participated in one or more of my FLUENCY GAMES & SONGS for Common Core and… Read more »