Teaching poetry to 7th graders begins with vulnerability. Join author Callie Feyen and she walks us through a scene in a middle school classroom.
Teach It: Collaborative Poetry—I’m With Aristotle
Writing collaborative poems proves a fertle ground for students to learn and grow both collectively and individually.
How to Turn Your Story Questions Into Writing Prompts!
After reading a good story, you can follow these three easy steps to turn your story questions into writing prompts. See 5 sample prompts based on the fairy tale ‘The Golden Dress,’ to help you on your writing way!
Teach It: 10 Terrific Little Red Riding Hood Tales
This summer, when you want to keep your emerging and early readers from going on a skill slide, it’s a great idea to explore the fun of fairy tales. And there’s no better place to start than with Little Red Riding Hood.
How to Read a Picture Book—With a Pirate as Your Guide
At-risk literacy specialist Callie Feyen shows us how to read and enjoy a picture book—with a pirate as our guide—from pre-reading to post-reading! And our hearts are touched along the way.
How To Dress Like a Reading Diva—And Read ‘The Sleepy Little Alphabet’
Some self-doubt in the shoe department leads to a surprising reflection on how to teach reading with The Sleepy Little Alphabet—and love it.
Reckless in the Library With Sight Word Baseball
Reading teacher Callie Feyen has been curious if recklessness can be used to learn, or, perhaps more radically, if recklessness is in fact needed to learn. Watch out, then, for baseball in the library!
Poets and Writers Toolkit: Play-Doh Creative Nonfiction
Teacher and writer Callie Feyen has been there—not knowing how to resolve a story, not knowing what to write and how. Her advice is to get some Play-Doh.
Teach It: Mixed Emotions in Civil Rights
To teach civil rights is partly to teach how to deal with mixed emotions. Callie Feyen uses a striking picture book to help you teach with depth & clarity.