Valentine’s Day Celebrations and Lessons in the Classroom

Happy Valentine’s Day! I have many memories of Valentine’s Days in my classroom. I Loved how the room became one giant Valentine littered with glitter, glue, doilies, and construction paper. I loved reading favorite books, some that I couldn’t get through without a sniffle or two. There was Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli, Koala Lou by Mem Fox, What Do You Love? by Jonathan London, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Be My Valentine, Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish, The Night Before Valentine’s Day by Natasha Wing, and many more. And then there was the candy and oh yes,[…]read more
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Writing Submission Guidelines and Form

Writing Submission Guidelines and Form Teen life is a lyrical battle of joy, pain, and laughter. Other teens and tweens need to hear your voice, so they know they are not the only one navigating their way through the struggles and victories of life in the middle. For this project, we are accepting all genres of previously unpublished original writing from fifth grade through high school students. To submit your work, complete the Submission Form and send it with a Word File of your writing to Editor@bealubooks.com Word count – 1000 words or less Font – Arial, 12 pt. (If there is a stylized font[…]read more
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FROGS AND SNAILS AND PUPPY DOG TAILS: Engaging Boy Writers

 The intent of this three-part blog series is to share with you six simple changes I made to increase engagement and better meet the needs of boy writers.  “How can I get the boys in my class more interested and engaged in writing?” That was the question I was most often asked while working as an instructional coach and writing specialist. My usual response was a list of time-honored practices that served all writers, not necessarily strategies that met the specific needs of boys. Although I knew the practices to be valuable; I knew the answer I gave was not the answer they were seeking.[…]read more
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