Tag: teachers

Stepping through the #FantasticFrame with author Lin Oliver

Author Lin Oliver can make anything fun. Seriously–from SCBWI conference announcements to the crooked finger on her right hand (see #7 below), Lin’s repartee will have you chuckling. So I jumped at the chance to ask Lin about her action-packed new chapter book series, THE FANTASTIC FRAME. Think MAGIC TREE HOUSE meets your favorite works… Read more »

You’re my Liebster! 11 questions about lobsters, books, and blogs.

Any FRIENDS fans out there, my #kidlit pals? When I was nominated by JEN Garrett over at LexicalCreations for the LIEBSTER AWARD,  THIS IS WHERE MY BRAIN WENT. As it turns out, LOBSTERS and LIEBSTERS share a few key points. On FRIENDS, Ross tells Rachel she’s his lobster because–according to Phoebe–lobsters mate for life. The LIEBSTER is… Read more »

Poetry for ALL–3 easy activities for #NationalPoetryMonth

Another lesson plan? Fear not! As a teacher, I know the LAST THING YOU NEED IS MORE TO DO.  Thus, dear fabulous teachers, I present to you 3 activities you can use TOMORROW–with minimal prep– for #NationalPoetryMonth or those days you need just a little something extra to GET KIDS EXCITED ABOUT WORDS! FIRST LINE/LAST… Read more »

We, too, are America–a play for #BlackHistoryMonth.

Need something new for #BlackHistoryMonth? A history unit? #Diversity? Because #BlackLivesMatter? As a theater teacher, I write plays for my students to perform when I can’t find what I need. And because I know how busy you are, I thought I’d share this one. (Free PDF download below)  WE, TOO, ARE AMERICA–a tribute for Black… Read more »

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 »