Home-Grown Summer Reading

If you want your kids to be writers, read to them. Read with them. Summer is the perfect time to read, and if you live here in the Seattle area, you don’t have to go far from home to find authors with great stories to share. A big chunk of my reading time is dedicated to their words. As a children’s author, teacher, and school librarian, I know how lucky I am to live here in...
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Writing Teacher “Has it Her Way”

It can’t be easy to teach writing to a group of primary special education students, but Lynn Madore is committed to her students’ success. If you’re a teacher, try using a bit of your summer to engage your inner rebel—Madore style. Lynn was a student in my online “Writing with Kids: Real Writing with Real Results” continuing education course—one of the ones who...
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Reluctant Writers

This morning I saw a post on a writing-teacher group that read, “How do you help reluctant writers?” As my heartbeat raised and I sat up straighter in my chair, I knew I had to respond. I didn’t stop writing the response until I was forced to stop because of reaching the maximum word count, but I still have much more to say. I could write a book on this topic, and yes,...
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Write in the Park

       For writers ages 7-107 Could there be any better writing inspiration than the natural beauty of South Whidbey State Park? It’s one of my favorite places, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you as Calyx School {the ranger’s house) hosts us on select Fridays this fall. South Whidbey State Park is located on Smuggler’s Cove Road, and Whidbey’s free bus...
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School Author Visits: What can they do for teachers and students?

Schools are suffering. Budgets have been slashed. There is little time and energy for teachers to focus on creative activities because of state and district pressure to “teach to the test.” What can parents and teachers do to help students balance the push for academic success with the creative problem-solving and meaning-making activities they’ll need to be productive and...
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