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Paul W. Hankins

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Paul W. Hankins is an English Language Arts teacher at the secondary level. A firm believer in inquiry-based strategies and approaches, Hankins believes in most cases that teachers have "questions," but students have "wonders." Meeting in the middle addresses the standards while embracing the natural wonder and curiosity our students bring into the room. Hankins is a member of multiple state level professional groups, including Hoosier Family of Readers, The Indiana Reading Association, AISLE/ILF, and The National Writing Project at Indiana University Southeast. Hankins is a member of the National Writing Project, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Assembly on Adolescent Literature to the National Council of Teachers of English, and is a second-year ambassador with The Jossey-Bass Teacher Ambassador Program. Hankins serves or has served on multiple reading/literature juries to include the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award (ALAN), the Lee Bennett Hopkins Children's Poetry Award (2016), and the Eliot Rosewater Awards (Indiana).

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Sep 12, 2016

"When Readers Find The Books Seeking Them"

“When Readers Find The Books Seeking Them”: Two Teachers Talk Twin Towers TitlesTHIS IS A CROSS-POST BLOG from THESE 4 CORNERS (Paul's Blog)A ...

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Apr 27, 2016

#WallowinWonder: 1677: "What Makes Your Tongue Burn?"

We've been working with Catalog Verse in Room 407. You might recognize this type of poem if you've ever listened to:"My Favorite Things" from The ...

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Apr 24, 2016

#WallowinWonder: #201:"What is the Best Place on Earth?"

This picture is from our family vacation in Northern Michigan last fall. This area is often referred to by locals as "God's Country." While walking ...

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Apr 21, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Poem 14, 15, and 16: Synthesis/Sestina Poem

You've probably wondered where I've been. I wish I could answer like Zora Neale Hurston's Janie from Their Eyes Were Watching God to say, "I've been ...

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Apr 14, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Poem 13: #1667 "How Do Homing Pigeons Find Their Way Home?"

"How to Find Your Way Home"Move about--from little room to little room.Look about--little room after little room.Move in--make this one your little ...

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Apr 12, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Poem 12: #1666: "Why are There Seven Days in a Week?"

I'm going to cheat a little today. Only because our students in Room 407 are working with Pantoum form today and tomorrow.And. . .Pantoum has seven ...

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Apr 11, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Poem 11: #115: "Are Debit Cards and Credit Cards the Same?"

I've already used one of these machines today. And by the end of the day, I will have probably used one again. It reminds me that while in ...

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Apr 10, 2016

WallowInWonder Two-For Sunday: Poems 9 and 10

Feeling a little under the weather and I did not get a post in on Saturday. So, if you are following the blog during the month of April, you are ...

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Apr 9, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Poem 8: "Why Can't You Drive As Fast As You Want?"

I am very late to the game today. It's been that kind of week. And here we are. . .at the end. . .of that kind of week. You know the kind of week, ...

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Jun 24, 2017

Top 10 Yoga Picture Books for Kids by Kate Olson

  Breathe in………breathe out…….now STREEETTTCCCHHH your arms up to the sky. Bring them in front of your chest ...

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Jun 23, 2017

Cover Reveal for Wizardmatch by Lauren Magaziner

Here’s the thing about my brother: we are very similar, but he’ll never admit it. We are best friends, though we fight all the time. I ...

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Jun 22, 2017

​There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by Rachel Rosenberg

When I was a child, I used to love lying on the floor in patches of sunlight. I’d curl up as much as I could, trying to fit into the warm ...

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Jun 20, 2017

Fenway and Hattie Up to New Tricks – Cover Reveal By Victoria J. Coe and Olivia Van Ledtje

Do you judge a book by its cover? I do. And I wonder if kids do, too. Because they’re always asking me if the covers of the first two Fenway ...

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Jun 19, 2017

How Does That Make You Feel? by James Ponti

One night, as my wife was about to fall asleep, I told her I was thinking of writing a novel. She looked up at me from her pillow and with surprising ...

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Jun 18, 2017

An Open Thank You Letter to Kwame Alexander

Dear Kwame Alexander,   Thank you for making us openly weep last year at the ILA conference when you said, “The mind of an adult begins ...

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Jun 17, 2017

Who decides?

I have never been a fan of testing. When I left the K-12 classroom for the university, students took one test a year, and not all grades were tested ...

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Jun 17, 2017

Where’s My Book? by Arika Dickens

“Mom, where’s my book?”   A couple of years ago, my then-kindergarten son asked this question.  No amount of searching ...

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Jun 15, 2017

Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover: A Not So Scary Book About A Haunted House by Tricia Pfeil

One of the most frequent questions I get asked during book checkout is, “Where are your scary books?” I direct them to the Mary Downing ...

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