If you use Flipgrid, Debbie Ohi also made this offer:
Offer for schools closed or about to close because of COVID-19 concerns (until April 2nd, 2020 – I may extend this date):
If you are an K-8 educator affected by COVID-19-related school closures who uses Flipgrid and are interested in having me do a free Flipgrid Q&A with your young readers, please fill out my form. New to Flipgrid? Check out their Getting Started Guide.
Please note that in order to accommodate as many schools as I can, I am limiting this offer to 1 video per class and total video question time per class to 1-2 minutes. I will try to respond with a video within one day, but it depends on the number of requests I receive, and my own work/travel schedule.
Suggested format which has worked well in the past:
Educator takes ONE video of the class (does not have to be fancy, an iPhone works just fine) and picks a few students to ask their prepared questions about any of my books. I will respond with one video.
If your school has ALREADY been closed, then students could send you questions and you could read those questions aloud OR send me the questions, and I’ll post a private video reply just for your class.
Once you fill out the form, I will email you my Flipgrid educator email address so you can invite me to your Grid.
If you are interested in one of my regular paid virtual visits that involve an art demonstration (including my found object art), talking in more depth about writing and illustrating picture books, a writing or drawing workshop, or addressing other topics/books, please use my regular visit inquiry form: https://inkygirl.typeform.com/to/SjevbK.
“Drafts, re-dos, and ‘evolving assignments'” may help students to focus on getting better at something instead of getting a good grade.
Hmm. That sure sounds like writing a book! Everybody write a book! *just kidding*
Creativity is supposed to increase when the motivation comes from insidethe art instead of from outside. Poet and counselor Mark McGuiness’s MOTIVATION FOR CREATIVE PEOPLE is a wonderful exploration of this.
It’s hard to do your best work when you’re thinking about losing points.
The truth is: we all get grades. Adults have workplace evaluations, product sales, reviews, raises, etc. We all have to learn to use both kinds of motivation.
Download and print an International Book Giving Day bookmark and/or bookplate to attach to a book you give. They’re free!
Share a photo of yourself celebrating International Book Giving Day. Use #bookgivingday on social media so we can find you.
Invite your community to celebrate International Book Giving Day. Proudly display the #bookgivingday poster.
In addition, we encourage people to support the work of nonprofit organisations (i.e. charities) that work year round to give books to children. See the links in the side bar. This is not a comprehensive list, by any means.
International Book Giving Day has continued to grow & grow since it began in 2012.
International Book Giving Day is celebrated by people in over 44 countries, including – Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Australia, Canada, South Africa, France, India, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, the Philippines, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Brazil, Egypt, Poland, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, Macedonia, Malawi, Hungary, Malaysia, Israel, Denmark, Sri Lanka, Serbia, Thailand, Indonesia, Jordan, China, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria.
We hope that people around the world will think about the best ways to help children in need in their communities.
International Book Giving Day is a 100% volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.
International Book Giving Day is run by Emma Perry (My Book Corner, UK) and brilliantly supported by Catherine Friess – Story Snug (Germany) on Twitter.Contact: Emma Perry . email: emperry @ gmail dot com — general enquiries
Do you have a good sense of direction? How about the rest of your friends and family?
The second Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale, LOST WITH LEEKS, is all about getting–you guessed it–lost. Prince Nero has a magically magnetic personality. He’s charming, but he wrecks compasses and maps.
I don’t know about charming, but I’m an expert at getting lost. One of the worst times as a child was in a huge campground.
I found the shower building. No problem.
But when I came out again, nothing looked familiar. Hundreds of tents and campers stretched out in all directions. The sunset showed me West, but that didn’t help me. I didn’t know where I’d come from.
I also didn’t speak any French. By filling my hands with water from the wash room sink, I tried to mime that our tent was near the lake. *blushes* Needless to say, that didn’t work.
The colors of the tents all faded with the light. Finally, I walked out from each side of the building. In straight lines, so I couldn’t get MORE lost.
Eventually, I tripped over our tent lines and recognized where I was. The arctic explorer returns to base camp. I could have died out there! *cue Star Wars theme*
My family was unfazed. *Okay, it was July.*
How about you and yours? Do you have a story about getting lost? What helped you get “found” again? What are your favorite tips to keep your kids from “staying lost”?
P.S. Today is the last day for the free Seven Kingdoms short story TROUBLE AT THE CHRISTMAS FAIR. You might get lucky if the price hasn’t changed everywhere yet.
If you’re looking for more books to keep your readers busy, check out my reviews for 9- to 12-year-old readers (or 8-year-old super readers! 😉 in my downloadable guide. The handy downloadable guide links to all of my GoodReads reviews.
If you somehow missed out on LOST WITH LEEKS, click herefor more about the book.
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