Tag: literacy

Interview with a Hamster: Humphrey & Betty Birney

A certain HAMSTER took over my blog while I was interviewing my writer pal, BETTY BIRNEY. Don’t believe me? Read on… It started out innocently enough with a few questions for Betty: (Check out the full bio of this Emmy/Children’s Choice/Humanitas award winner on her web site.) Q 1. Where did Humphrey get his name?  Betty… Read more »

Hurray for GOLDIE LOCKS HAS CHICKEN POX! And finger puppets for your students : )

Hurray for GOLDIE! I came home from teaching at Fine Arts Camp in July and found this from my wonderful editor at Atheneum: GOLDIE LOCKS HAS CHICKEN POX has been reprinted again. Soooo…in celebration (and because teacher pals have been asking me to put this on Pinterest), I’m posting these CCSS finger puppet activities based… 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 »

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 »

What to Expect When You’re Expecting–a BOOK! part8 PostBOOKum

As you might have guessed, Part8 of WHAT TO EXPECT gives us a glimpse of what happens (or doesn’t happen) AFTER THE BOOK IS BORN. Two “First Trimester” friends (see part 4) — JOANNE LEVY and GAE POLISNER are back, and I’m also thrilled to introduce my writing pal, ELANA K. ARNOLD, mom of two,… Read more »