Practical Classroom Solutions
Books That Inspire Kids to Become Readers
Literacy coaching and consulting, engaging fiction and nonfiction, author visits, writing workshops & more!
Winter happenings.Winter is a time for writing, as well as literacy work in the schools and conference presenting. On the writing side, I’m diving into a high-interest sports series for Black Rabbit Books and celebrating the release of six books from Capstone Press. I’m also shopping around a chapter book (Bibi LeBreeze, Theater Detective) and continuing to hone an upper middle grade novel (Garbage Boy). In the schools, I’m working with teachers to refine and implement their SMART goals, and teaching model lessons on Kid Writing and vocabulary instruction. Finally, I’ll be presenting on spelling (and other topics) at SDE’s K-3 conference (Des Moines, IO) and the TALES conference (Waco, TX). I feel fortunate to work in the field of education alongside so many talented and hard-working teachers and administrators.
Job-embedded model lessons on spelling and reading comprehension
This winter, I'm happy to be teaching once again with K, 1st, 3rd, and 4th grade teachers at St. Stephen's (Harrisburg, PA). Over the next three months, I will provide coaching in the form of model lessons followed by debriefing and reflection. Topics include vocabulary, text annotation, and Kid Writing. I look forward to collaborating with the teachers and administration, as well as being with the students, who never fail to keep me on my toes and make me smile!