#72 — Penny Kittle: Engaging Readers and Building Better Writers

Penny Kittle is an English teacher, literacy coach, and director of new teacher mentoring at Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire. She teaches 10th, 11th, and 12th graders each fall and also occasionally in the alternative night school for adult students.

Penny is also currently the National Council of Teachers of English Policy Analyst for the State of New Hampshire. You can follow her at www.pennykittle.net

In this episode you will learn:

    • Penny’s travels as a teacher and educator in various states throughout the country
    • Her time as a woodcarving teacher
    • What it takes to be a good coach in sports and how that is transferrable to coaching teachers
    • The impact Donald Graves had on her teaching
    • The importance of teachers existing as writers
    • Mini lessons are most efficient and least effective and conferring is least efficient yet most effective.
    • How to turn dependent learners into independent thinkers
    • What type of feedback matters to students
    • The two books that are fascinating her right now:


  • Why teachers need to help students set specific, measure goals
  • Why every teacher needs to feed his or her own curiosity and fascination
  • How the Book Love Foundation has come to define her professional life and serve as her biggest source of pride.

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