In this episode, Penny shares a collection of 3 stories of students who she failed to reach. Over time, over failures, she has learned to embrace this haunting. Like many teachers who want to save … [Read more...]
Stories from the Teaching Life with Penny Kittle
Penny Kittle shares insightful, inspiring essays about teaching and life that she has written and collected in her years as an educator. 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 the National Council of Teachers of English 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 several books, and she recently co-edited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Don Graves’ work, Children Want to Write: Don Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing.
In this episode, Penny shares a piece of writing about teaching in a small town where it is not uncommon to see students appear in the local paper--for good reasons or otherwise, students from years … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]