Archive for the ‘Tuesdays for Teachers’ Category

When Being “Too Pickley” Was “Just Right”

Last month I had the great honor of a virtual visit in the classroom of one of New Jersey’s finest teachers, Kevin McCann. Kevin brings out the best in kids. It shows in his amazing students, and – as you’ll … Continue reading


What Came First? The Dragon or the Verse? Guest Post by Penny Parker Klostermann

I’m one of the lucky ones. At a picture book workshop I was leading, I got to hear Penny Parker Klostermann first read her hilarious picture book manuscript THERE WAS AN OLD DRAGON WHO SWALLOWED A KNIGHT. I knew instantly … Continue reading


Tuesdays for Teachers: “This Is My Universe” Mentor Text Poetry

Today, I’m proud to feature another guest post by another amazing teacher. Heather Natale and her 2nd graders captivated me with their honest, deep and stunning free-verse poetry. This is an exercise to note and use over and over again … Continue reading


Tuesday for Teachers: “Time In” and “Time Out” Corners

One of the greatest pleasures of my school Skype visits is meeting amazing teachers. Susie Gruben, a first Grade teacher at Strawberry Park Elementary School in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is one such teacher. Take a look at how she used … Continue reading


Zeroing in On an Idea: Using LIGHT UP THE NIGHT as a Mentor Text

In my picture book LIGHT UP THE NIGHT, a child uses his imagination and his blanket to travel through his universe before bed. The child’s blanket, white and red, represents the themes of the book – security and a sense … Continue reading

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