School Visit CCSS Coaching

Authors and Illustrators, it's time to get a winning school visit game plan in place. Anymore, though, schools are requiring more of you than simply inspiring kids to fall in love with the written word, aren't they? Yep. Educators want your presentation to be academically sound, too. And, furthermore, they want documented proof that you're going to deliver the goods.

Oh, man. What now?

Recently, a librarian asked author/illustrator Don Tate to present documentation showing how his school visit presentation aligned with the Common Core State Standards. "Not a problem," I told him. Together, he and I met this librarian's request with ease.

Don described his engaging, well-planned presentation to me, point by point. After spending some time analyzing and strategising, I comprised a detailed document  packed with CCSS annotations and follow-up activities that he can confidently take with him wherever he pleases.

The most satisfying part of this project was to witness the relief Don expressed when he realized that he wouldn't have to alter his presentation format one iota. Score!

Simple Saturday Prep: Back to School Blues

 It's that time again, my friends. Like it or not...back to school is just around the corner.

Take a long look at this bus-load of exuberant smiles, will you? Shoot, that bus is about to topple over with elation.



We get to go back to school!!!!


 Oh, come on. Get real. You know that there are tons of kids whose stomachs knot at the thought of buying a new backpack. For some kids, going to school is arduous...especially for a new first grader!

 I made a guide for a delightful chapter book which deals with the angst of entering first grade.  In the guide is a game that corresponds to various plot points of the book. It's great. You'll love it. I can't wait to show you.

So, I'll see you tomorrow, yes? In the meantime, let me see what I can do the flatten the tires on that derned zip-a-dee-do-da school bus. Sheesh.