Thanks for writing. It's always great when we can use literature to teach about life. I've noticed that what we learn from literature really sticks and we can refer back to it as the year progresses and as situations come up. :)
I started a class webpage in 2004 and someone at Scholastic must have noticed. I began to email back and forth about my webpage, its features, etc. Then I was asked to join the Teacher National Advisory Board for the website. In 2005 I served as an online mentor teacher for one school year and developed 5 units of study for the site, which was what online mentor teachers did back then. In late 2005 I started a message board for new teachers here. The message board grew and in 2009 I picked 130 FAQs and wrote a book for new teachers. Now I'm a contributing teacher on Top Teaching blog. This fall I left the classroom and became a Director of Curriculum and Assessment so I have a new perspective on what happens in classrooms.
What I'd suggest is get involved, create a webpage, use Top Teaching, Teacher Share, and Book Wizard, and comment often!
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