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
Dec 2, 2020
AudioFile’s 2020 Best Young Adult audiobooks offer a wide range of stories for teen listeners. Each are AudioFile Earphones Award winners, and ...
Dec 1, 2020
Self-isolating and working from home for the past eight months, my reading life has been challenging to maintain. It takes more effort to settle into ...
Nov 30, 2020
Worldbuilding may well be my favorite aspect of writing. When working on my Hero’s Guide series of fairy tale adventures, it gave me immeasurable ...
Nov 25, 2020
When I think about my most recent picture book collaboration, NOTHING IN COMMON, written by Kate Hoefler, and when I am asked to describe the book, I ...
Nov 16, 2020
Back in 2018, I had a dream, and while attending a makerspace workshop led by educators Dana Kramroff and Rabecca Hester at the Keystone State ...
Nov 13, 2020
When I do school visits, kids always ask where I get the ideas for my books. Well, the idea for The Renegade Reporters came from doing school visits! ...
Nov 11, 2020
I saw the noses first. They were poking through the gate. “Come around the back,” I was told. “We meet in the yard.” I was excited — ...
Nov 10, 2020
Before I entered kindergarten, I went to a pre-school that took place at a church. Almost every day, a kid named Jaime threatened to throw me in the ...
Nov 9, 2020
I am so excited to talk to Nic Stone Thursday evening LIVE on the Nerdy Book Club Facebook page, and on my YouTube channel. Our conversation will be ...