Monthly Archives: October 2008

It’s Catching

I’ve known for a long time that good language is better caught than taught. A sprinkling won’t work–nothing but full immersion will do! Throughout the year we will read (and write) information books, folktales, biographies, novels, and poetry. To make … Continue reading

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Oh, Look!

Lots of parents call out morning reminders as their children leave car doors or screen doors slamming behind them. “Pay attention!” they call out. It is the best writing advice there is. “Take notes!” my father would bark as we … Continue reading

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The Way I See It

Teachers are paid to know the answers in the back of the book, but the questions are what keep me interested. How do we teach children point of view? I pondered this as I looked at the world through plate … Continue reading

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Once.

On this crisp autumnal Sunday morning, I am at the National Storytelling Festival in the mountains of Tennessee. I will bring back new stories to spark the imagination of my own young tellers. In a bag of teaching tricks, there … Continue reading

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