Category Archives: education

Invitation to a free in-service workshop for teachers

Classroom Teachers! Please join me and my colleagues at Creative Connections for this fun, educational workshop.

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An update on my co-writing project

So…as many of you know, since last October I have been co-writing a middle grade novel with a colleague, Susan Montanari. This is the first time either of us has co-written something, so it has been something of a literary … Continue reading

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Getting the Most Out of Your Dough: a fun home-based activity

Looking for an old-fashioned activity to do with a child or grandchild over the holiday break that’s fun, cheap, and educational? Why not use a slow afternoon to combine a few chemistry experiments along with a bread-baking lesson? First, have … Continue reading

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Slave Cabins on Ossabaw Island

On my book research trip to Savannah in October, I spent a day on a magnificent barrier island called Ossabaw Island.  It is reachable only by boat and has a history that stretches back to when the Spaniards arrived, leaving … Continue reading

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What the *##@** is a Teaching Artist?

I’ve worked in the arts in education field most of my career, but it’s only been in the last 15 years or so that “what I do in the classroom” has been given an official and completely baffling moniker: teaching … Continue reading

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How to harvest compost worms

In a previous post, I showed a photo of the worm castings I harvested last Spring from my low tech Rubbermaid bin…a whole bucketful!  Today I harvested again, and here are some gooey wormy pictures to illustrate my old school technique. Step … Continue reading

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Colonial Burial Vaults

This past week I was in Savannah, Georgia to research a new middle-grade (or should I say “grave”) novel.  This is my first co-writing adventure, and my writing partner, Susan Montanari, and I had lots of fun learning about Colonial … Continue reading

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A recap of my recent all-school residency

  Last Friday was the “culminating assembly share” for a rather remarkable all-school residency.  As a children’s book author, I do lots of school visits.  Usually, it’s a quick in and out, a one-day visit.  But this visit became a … Continue reading

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SCBWI Shoreline Conference 2011

For the 12th year in row, Doe Boyle and her team organized an inspiring day for aspiring writers.  (Okay, many among us were published, but I couldn’t resist the inspiring/aspiring word choice).  For those of you unaware of the acronym, … Continue reading

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Beatrice’s Goat…the musical!

A staged reading of a new mini-musical based on Beatrice’s Goat will be presented tonight at the Wilshire Theater in Los Angeles.  This exciting project, a 20-30 minute musical, will be available as a downloadable “kit” with music, script, staging … Continue reading

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