#authorvisitschat Debuts 3/5/14 at 8PM EST w/ Megan Frazer Blakemore

February marks the one year anniversary of my business Creative Bookings. To celebrate, teachers and librarians are invited over to the Creative Bookings blog for a month of giveaways and the kickoff of #authorvisitschat on Twitter TONIGHT! Wednesday, February 5th at 8PM EST.
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I’ll moderate #authorvisitschat for teachers and librarians the first Wednesday of each month. Generally, the chat will be a place where teachers and librarians can pose questions about school and library visits, discuss best practices (what to do before, during, and after a visit), creative budgeting, fun prep activites, kidlit in the classroom, etc.  Each time, one of my author or illustrator clients will be in attendance bringing their own unique spin to the conversation.
I’ll be joined at the debut of #authorvisitschat, Wednesday, February 5th at 8PM EST, by Megan Frazer Blakemore. TONIGHT! Megan and I will focus on how an author visit from an author of historical fiction can be an authentic way to teach research skills. We’ll discuss how Megan’s author visits can help your students meet Common Core State Standards.
If you’d like to join the conversation TONIGHT, but don’t know your TweetChat from your #hashtag, take a look at my post over at Creative Bookings. I can’t wait to get this party started!

Special wishes for educators of the visual and performing arts

The last few weeks have been full of fundraisers and concerts for my children’s performing arts pursuits. I’ve enjoyed drama, choral, jazz, and concert band performances. All were truly inspiring!

Here in Brunswick, ME, we are so lucky to have top notch music educators who love kids and music and champion the importance of music for human development: collaboration, confidence, self-esteem, brain development, executive functioning, rhythm, language acquisition, math, physics, and healthy bodies and spirits, etc.

This season, and all year long, I have special good wishes for educators who bring our children the gift of the visual and performing arts. Educators who struggle in a test-often-and-cut-arts-first environment.

I wish them:

• Support from their admin teams to initiate creative, progressive, student-centered, authentic (non-test-driven) programs.
• Wonderful collaborators who make the job less isolated, and with whom they can brainstorm.
• Parents who attend performances, remind their kids to practice (must work on this), and get the word out in their communities about how important the arts are to our schools.
• Students who are motivated, generous, kind, open to new experiences and eager to be challenged.
• And community members who use their voices and vote to support the visual and performing arts with generous budgets.

Peace and Happy Holidays to all who teach!

Brotherhood Give-away for teachers!

Teacher friends! I received the following email from author A.B. Westrick and I hope you’ll pass on the offer to other teachers before the copies are gone. I reviewed the book a few weeks ago but because I’m on my phone I can’t link to it. Maybe someone could add the review link in the. comments. Enjoy the long weekend.

My publisher is giving away 20 copies of BROTHERHOOD to educators who agree to use the book to kick off a writing exercise about bullying. Here’s the post about it: http://nerdybookclub.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/bullies-bad-writing-and-baby-steps-by-a-b-westrick/

So far ten teachers from all over the country have responded, and I have ten more to give away…