Former Wonder Lead Ambassador

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).

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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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Jul 14, 2020

TRUE CONFESSION: I WAS A SERIES MACHINE by Kara LaReau

Ten years ago this July, almost to the day, I was just finishing my final radiation treatment. I’d been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in ...

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Jul 9, 2020

Cover Reveal of The House That Wasn’t There by Elana K. Arnold

All my life, from the time I was two years old, my Nana and Papa lived on a street called Rollingwood Drive.  It was a skinny, winding sort of ...

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Jul 7, 2020

BEING THE HELPERS: How to Guide Young Activists by Carrie Firestone

I wrote DRESS CODED to shed light on the pervasive problem of unfair and unequally enforced dress coding policies that disproportionately target ...

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Jun 30, 2020

“Be brave, and most importantly, be yourself”: A Sneak Peek of THE BRAVE by James Bird

Growing up isn’t easy for anyone. Some kids have a better starting-off point than others, some kids have a better area to be raised in, and some ...

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Jun 27, 2020

Rewrite the Rules of Reading by Jen Kleinknecht

Do as I say, not as I do.  Sometimes I fear that is our attitude towards reading. As adults, we allow ourselves  to experiment with audiobooks and ...

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Jun 24, 2020

Stretch Out Like a Starfish by Lisa Fipps

Starfish is a middle-grade novel in free verse about eleven-year-old Ellie, who’s relentlessly bullied about her weight. It’s not my actual life ...

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Jun 23, 2020

Geeking Out in Middle Grade by Sam Maggs

Con Quest!, my debut middle-grade novel, is out this June 23rd. I’m so excited about sharing this story with the world – not just because it’s ...

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Jun 22, 2020

Reading Season by Renee Bowman

Dear Parents,    Our household is busier than ever right now for one simple reason: basketball. Basketball is the only sport my kids love. ...

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Jun 18, 2020

Deepfakes, Technology, and Truth by Sarah Darer Littman

Dara and Will, two of Greenpoint High School’s overachievers, are locked in an intense competition to be valedictorian at graduation. They’re ...

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