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 … [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.
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 … [Read more...]
In this episode, Penny shares the story of Shaina. This is a beautiful, absolutely heart-wrenching story of a student who used writing to help her process the loss of her mother to … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]