Category: Teachers: Fun Ideas for Your Classroom

Snapshot

Snapshot *a Monday morning warm-up activity inspired by Max and  Jo Knowles: 1. Find a photo that makes you happy. (OK I picked happy / sad. I hope you’ll understand.) 2. Describe the scene by making a “list poem” of the feelings, thoughts, smells, sights, tastes, etc. of the captured moment. Max the wonderdog. Faithful writer… Read more »

By Book or by Classroom: how we hook kids

My new school visit pal, Sammy the CheerREADER, came with me ( and Goldie and Bo Peep) to The Reading Bug last weekend for a Get Ready for Back to School storytime. It’s that time of year, my friends. The Reading Bug–and the classroom-preparation conversations on Twitter–made me realize Hooking the reader is like starting… Read more »

#TaTTues: If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher (or Librarian!)

 Happy #TaTTues ! Many schools celebrate National Teacher’s Day or week during the first week of May, which is awesome and well-deserved. IMHO, however, we should celebrate Teacher/Librarian Appreciation every day. And since November is traditionally a month of thanks and giving, may I suggest: #TaTTues : Thank a Teacher Tuesday begins today!  The idea came to me two… Read more »

Teaching Voice: Interview with a Grandparent (Did you think I was going to say vampire?)

  This blog is about two fun (and easy ) lessons to use next week to help your students learn about voice. But first, congratulations to my writing pal (and Co-SCBWI RA), Patricia M. Newman on her new picture book, NUGGET ON THE FLIGHT DECK, (Walker 2009), an adventure story packed with words and phrases straight off an aircraft… Read more »

How Can Quizzing Students Be Fun? Try this easy theater game!

School visits are back in full force and aside from the fun I have at assemblies, I love encouraging kids (and teachers and librarians!) to play with words. That's what writers do, after all, right?  Kids always ask me about "Writer's block." which I    rarely get. My theory: whenever we stop playing with words and "get serious" about… Read more »