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Stories from the Teaching Life with Penny Kittle brings insightful, inspiring essays about teaching and life that she has written and collected in her years as an educator. The stories are about writing, reading, learning, books, professional development, students, courage, and love. They're about teaching. They will move you and inspire you, and they will remind you of the beauty of living the teaching life. Penny Kittle is an English teacher, literacy coach, and director of new teacher mentoring at Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire and has served as the National Council of Teachers of English Policy Analyst for the State of New Hampshire. In 2009, she received the James N. Britton award from NCTE for Write Beside Them. And, in 2015, she was recognized with the Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership. Penny is the author of Book Love, Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers; Write Beside Them, Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing; Inside Writing, How to Teach the Details of Craft and My Quick Writes (co-authored with her mentor and friend, Donald H. Graves); The Greatest Catch, a Life in Teaching; and Public Teaching, One Kid at a Time. She recently co-edited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Don Graves work called Children Want to Write, Don Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing. She and her husband Pat are founders of the Book Love Foundation, a non-profit foundation with one goal: to put books in the hands of teenagers. To date, it has funded 13 classroom libraries and provided small grants to 10 other teachers. Its vision is to change the story of reading. We have to. Every child. Every year. Every classroom.

Stories from the Teaching Life with Penny Kittle brings insightful, inspiring essays about teaching and life that she has written and collected in her years as an educator. The stories are about writing, reading, learning, books, professional development, students, courage, and love. They're about teaching. They will move you and inspire you, and they will remind you of the beauty of living the teaching life. Penny Kittle is an English teacher, literacy coach, and director of new teacher mentoring at Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire and has served as the National Council of Teachers of English Policy Analyst for the State of New Hampshire. In 2009, she received the James N. Britton award from NCTE for Write Beside Them. And, in 2015, she was recognized with the Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership. Penny is the author of Book Love, Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers; Write Beside Them, Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing; Inside Writing, How to Teach the Details of Craft and My Quick Writes (co-authored with her mentor and friend, Donald H. Graves); The Greatest Catch, a Life in Teaching; and Public Teaching, One Kid at a Time. She recently co-edited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Don Graves work called Children Want to Write, Don Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing. She and her husband Pat are founders of the Book Love Foundation, a non-profit foundation with one goal: to put books in the hands of teenagers. To date, it has funded 13 classroom libraries and provided small grants to 10 other teachers. Its vision is to change the story of reading. We have to. Every child. Every year. Every classroom.
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Stories from the Teaching Life with Penny Kittle brings insightful, inspiring essays about teaching and life that she has written and collected in her years as an educator. The stories are about writing, reading, learning, books, professional development, students, courage, and love. They're about teaching. They will move you and inspire you, and they will remind you of the beauty of living the teaching life. Penny Kittle is an English teacher, literacy coach, and director of new teacher mentoring at Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire and has served as the National Council of Teachers of English Policy Analyst for the State of New Hampshire. In 2009, she received the James N. Britton award from NCTE for Write Beside Them. And, in 2015, she was recognized with the Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership. Penny is the author of Book Love, Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers; Write Beside Them, Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing; Inside Writing, How to Teach the Details of Craft and My Quick Writes (co-authored with her mentor and friend, Donald H. Graves); The Greatest Catch, a Life in Teaching; and Public Teaching, One Kid at a Time. She recently co-edited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Don Graves work called Children Want to Write, Don Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing. She and her husband Pat are founders of the Book Love Foundation, a non-profit foundation with one goal: to put books in the hands of teenagers. To date, it has funded 13 classroom libraries and provided small grants to 10 other teachers. Its vision is to change the story of reading. We have to. Every child. Every year. Every classroom.

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Episodes

Earning My Stripes. Season 2, Episode 7.

4/25/2016
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In this episode, Penny shares a piece of writing that is especially important to her that appeared in Public Teaching One Kid at a Time. Don Graves once read it aloud as part of a keynote, and it is Penny s husband Pat s favorite piece of her writing. It recounts an incident when Penny …had to […] The post Earning My Stripes. Season 2, Episode 7. appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:14:06

Beneath White Icing. Season 2, Episode 6.

4/11/2016
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In this episode, Penny talks about a dilemma in writing workshop and the consequences for her response when a student writes a draft of epic profanity and violence. It is a compelling piece about the challenges for teachers and students when tackling the meaning of choice in writing. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this […] The post Beneath White Icing. Season 2, Episode 6. appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:12:12

Kelsey. Season 2, Episode 5.

3/28/2016
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In this episode, Penny shares the story of Kelsey, whose recurring absences created tension in the classroom. But her story is more complex than that. And so is the impression she and Penny leave on each other through their time together. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to […] The post Kelsey. Season 2, Episode 5. appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:12:24

Kleenex

3/14/2016
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Usually, when Penny writes about her husband Pat, it s a homerun. He sings to her class on their anniversary, or he creates a multi-genre project about Penny to share with the class. But in this episode, Pat strikes out in his critique of a draft Penny shared with him. And eventually that helps Penny better […] The post Kleenex appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:14:14

Kristen – A Story in Two Parts

2/15/2016
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In this episode, a two-parter! Penny shares the story of Kristen in two parts. First, as a former student whose profanity led to vast improvements in her writing and reading. (Yes, because the consequence for the gutter mouth was lunch with Ms. Kittle…) And second as a student who overcame many obstacles to complete her […] The post Kristen – A Story in Two Parts appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:15:44

The Road from Where We Are

12/14/2015
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In this episode, Penny shares a story about her work teaching in an adult ed program. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on iTunes at the link above. If you check it out there, please leave a rating and review. […] The post The Road from Where We Are appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:10:15

If Life Were a Movie, How Would You Write It?

12/7/2015
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In this episode, Penny shares a story about digital storytelling and the impact of technology on all of our lives. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on iTunes at the link above. If you check it out there, please leave a […] The post If Life Were a Movie, How Would You Write It? appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:09:18

Fridays, Rumors, and Hard Truths

11/30/2015
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In this episode, Penny shares a story about all the things a teacher can’t control in her teaching life. The story is short, but the lessons are long. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on iTunes at the link above. […] The post Fridays, Rumors, and Hard Truths appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:06:21

Writing Giants, Columbine, and the Queen of Route 16

11/23/2015
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In this episode, Penny shares her first published piece and encourages you to think about how you can turn your teaching life into writing, because she has learned more about teaching simply by writing about it than from anything she has read in her teaching life. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is […] The post Writing Giants, Columbine, and the Queen of Route 16 appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:17:33

Wings, Shoes, Stories, Truths

10/26/2015
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In this episode, Penny’s story is about her high school classroom and the costumes her students wear. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on iTunes at the link above. If you check it out there, please leave a rating and […] The post Wings, Shoes, Stories, Truths appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:09:12

One Boy, One Book, One Principal

10/19/2015
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In this episode, Penny tells a story about reading and the relationship between one boy and his principal, Kevin Richard, who is now the Superintendent of Penny’s school district in New Hampshire. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on iTunes […] The post One Boy, One Book, One Principal appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:09:41

Notes from a Life Scientist

10/12/2015
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In this episode, Penny tells a story about a junior high crush, being 13 years old, and the potential hazards presented by a disengaged chemistry teacher. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on iTunes at the link above. If you […] The post Notes from a Life Scientist appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:09:49

About More than Baseball

10/5/2015
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The subject of this episode is summertime, baseball, and more. The major league baseball post-season begins this week, so this story seemed apt. This is the first story Penny wrote for Public Teaching, One Kid at a Time. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. […] The post About More than Baseball appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:13:36

Grace

9/28/2015
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The subject of this episode is grace, in all forms. At the center of the story is clumsiness (Penny’s) and the virtues of grace and effectiveness in teaching. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on iTunes at the link above. If […] The post Grace appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:10:05

Beginning

9/21/2015
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The subject of this episode is Penny’s first year of teaching career. At the center of the story is 34 first-graders, self-doubt, growing confidence, and the emotion of all kinds of beginnings. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on iTunes […] The post Beginning appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:15:03

Multi Genre Marriage

9/14/2015
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The subject of this episode is love and marriage. And teaching. At the center of the story is another visit to Penny’s classroom by her husband Pat, who shows and shares some of the rich learning that multi-genre writing can bring to your classroom. (He also has a speaking role.) Subscribe in iTunes The material […] The post Multi Genre Marriage appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:14:24

One Parent Dies, Another Lives

9/7/2015
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The subjects of this episode are Molly and Chris, two students Penny taught in one of her first years of teaching elementary school. They may be like students you have had in the past or may be like students you have right now. This story is a reminder that sometimes the most important, longest-lasting work […] The post One Parent Dies, Another Lives appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:15:05

Of Frog Legs, Crickets, and Superman s Cape

8/31/2015
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The subject of this student teaching and a memory Penny will never forget… Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on iTunes at the link above. If you check it out there, please leave a rating and review. And if you subscribe, […] The post Of Frog Legs, Crickets, and Superman s Cape appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:17:14

Beyond Courtship

8/24/2015
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The subject of this episode is love and marriage. And teaching. It features a special guest visiting Penny s classroom, a moment that was at once the most romantic and the most embarrassing of her life (to that point), and the value in a life s work worth doing well. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this […] The post Beyond Courtship appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:13:39

My First Steelie

8/17/2015
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The subject of this story is fishing and teaching, as Penny shares an essay that first appeared in The Greatest Catch: a life in teaching (Heinemann, 2005). Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is now available on iTunes at the link above. If […] The post My First Steelie appeared first on Teacher Learning Sessions.

Duration:00:15:00