Former Wonder Lead Ambassador

Paul W. Hankins

Joined 5 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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Apr 6, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Poem 6: 1661: "Who Was the First Emperor of China?"

Today's wonder has me thinking about how a young writer could use a form of poetry to answer a question. There is an answer to the question posed by ...


Apr 5, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Poem 5: #1661: "What is Fertilizer?"

As you can tell from the cover picture, this wonder really had me thinking. I jokingly tweeted during the Wonder Chat on Monday night that I would ...


Apr 4, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Poem 4: Wonder #641: "What Makes Glitter Sparkle?"

I try to be careful when I use a term like "simple verse" when referencing children's poetry, but one of the elements of children's poetry that I ...


Apr 3, 2016

Wallow in Wonder Poem 3: Wonder #779"Why Do Some People Chase Storms?"

I have to post quickly today as our family is heading for Cincinnati for an afternoon of theater and shopping (our last day of Spring Break here in ...


Apr 2, 2016

Wonder Poem 2/30: "Is the Grass Always Greener on the Other Side?"

Today is Day 2 of the "Wallow in Wonder" Poetry Project with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. I hope that you following her poems that she is writing at The ...


Apr 1, 2016

Wonder Poetry 1:30

This month, Amy Ludwig VanDerwarer (Forest Has a Song, Every Day Birds) will be drafting poems inspired by the previous day's "wonder."I'll be ...


May 11, 2021

The Pain of Returning by Lisabeth Posthuma

A few weeks ago, the last video store in my zip code closed for good. On one of its final days in operation, I visited for a last look around. There ...

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May 10, 2021

A Season of Bravery by Lisa McMann

It’s been a season of bravery. I’ve always loved books with underdog main characters who must dig deep within themselves to overcome ...

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May 7, 2021

Birth of a Batpig by Rob Harrell

There are a few different origin stories for this particular super pig. There’s the Batpig that appears in my novel WINK, a creation of the main ...

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Apr 30, 2021

Nerdy Book Club Cover Reveal — EGG MARKS THE SPOT by Amy Timberlake, with pictures by Jon Klassen

Amy’s questions for Jon! 1. Where did the cover design come from? I know you collect books, so any inspirations from your collection? Also, I love ...

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Apr 29, 2021

Flavors of Summer by Ira Marcks

Like a recipe, the perfect summer can be conjured with the right ingredients. Here are my personal favorite flavors of summertime. There are too many ...

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Apr 27, 2021

New Book Review: The Wonder of the World Leaf by Summer Edward, Reviewed by Josh Hem Lee

The children’s picture book The Wonder of the World Leaf  is written by Summer Edward with illustrations by Sayada Ramdial. In the book, we follow ...

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Apr 26, 2021

Letting Go of Labels and Trusting Reading Identity by Dr. Jennifer Scoggin and Hannah Schneewind

My son pours over illustrations and devours graphic novels, especially those with sophisticated potty humor.  Dav Pilkey has mythical status in our ...

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Apr 25, 2021

The Beautiful Complexities of Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas – Written by Nawal Qarooni Casiano

I inhaled Maverick’s story in just a few breaths, never wanting to leave his side amid the daily saga of his teenage life. I read at the park; I ...

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Apr 20, 2021

Finding My Happy Ending for Negative Cat by Sophie Blackall

We all want kids to read. To read widely, and happily, and voraciously. But for lots of kids, reading can be a challenge, and even a chore. For some ...

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