Paul W. Hankins
Joined 4 years ago
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).
Apr 27, 2016
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 ...0
Apr 24, 2016
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 ...0
Apr 21, 2016
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 ...0
Apr 14, 2016
"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 ...0
Apr 12, 2016
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 ...0
Apr 11, 2016
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 ...0
Apr 9, 2016
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, ...1
Sep 18, 2020
In February, 2020, I revealed the cover of my debut novel in verse, REENI’S TURN, here at Nerdy Book Club, writing about the struggle to hold on to ...
Sep 16, 2020
Growing up in an isolated cane-farming community in central North Queensland, reading was a very important part of my childhood. We lived an hour ...
Sep 9, 2020
July 2020 Something terrifying happens when people in power don’t steal away to the shade beneath a tree (or a corner in a house, or a private ...
Sep 8, 2020
SELF LOVE For yourself you must Never run out of it Never start doubting it Never lose reason or hope in how powerful it is when you devour it ...
Sep 1, 2020
I want to talk about origin stories, not just my origins as a reader and writer, but how every story is in some sense an origin story. And I’m ...
Aug 31, 2020
I’m very lucky. Tomorrow the fourth book in the Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast series, Short & Sweet comes out. But that’s not why ...
Aug 25, 2020
If you’re an educator in America in the Fall of 2020, then you’re doing your job on a new, as-yet undiscovered, difficulty level—and I salute ...
Aug 24, 2020
The lie about history is that it remains in the past. History is persistent and if left unattended, or in untrustworthy hands, it has the ...
Aug 18, 2020
On April 6, 1916, a little yellow car set out from New York City. It carried tools, spare parts, a teeny-tiny typewriter, an itsy-bitsy sewing ...