Former Wonder Lead Ambassador

Paul W. Hankins

Joined 3 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).

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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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Aug 20, 2019

Cover Reveal for KEEP IT TOGETHER, KEIKO CARTER by Debbi Michiko Florence

  Do you remember your first heartbreak? I do. I was in the third grade. I had two best friends I did everything with – hanging out at ...

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Aug 17, 2019

Ten Ways to Get Reluctant Adolescent Readers Reading by Sherri K. Wilcox

I teach high school English, grades 9-12, on a Disciplinary Alternative Education Placement (DAEP) campus.  Talk about a tough audience!  ...

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Aug 16, 2019

“Don’t Exceptionalize Me” by Amy Watkins

“JASON REYNOLDS! is coming to NErDcamp! JASON REYNOLDS! is coming to NErDcamp, and I’m going!” is what I was hollering back in ...

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Aug 14, 2019

Fantasy world-building through the lens of environmental science by Gabrielle Byrne

As a reader, there’s nothing more satisfying that falling into a new world where you can feel the bite of the wind, smell the soup cooking over ...

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Aug 13, 2019

Friendship by Mina Javaherbin

Grandma was my buddy! We hung out together, played together, and even got into trouble together. One thing we both loved was reading. Born over one ...

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Aug 10, 2019

Creating a Reading Culture in the Classroom by Ann Hagedorn

When students walk into my classroom, I want them to see that I value reading and books and that my goal is for them to do the same. There is a sign ...

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Aug 9, 2019

Ideas for Teaching Writing A Book Review by Carrie Rodusky

“Since we don’t know who young writers are going to become, when they are writing we should let them be whoever they are.” John ...

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Aug 8, 2019

Dear One and the Phone Call (That Never Happened)

Since we first made a connection with one another, master poet and classroom teacher, Lee Bennett Hopkins had always invited a phone call. ...

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Aug 8, 2019

A Message My Sixteen-year-old Self Needed to Hear: Review of Wolfpack: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game (2019) by Abby Wambach – Review by Mandy Stewart

U.S. Women’s Soccer. The Ecosystem. Leadership. Bring these three seemingly disparate concepts together and you have Wolfpack, the book I wish ...

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