The Greatest Catch: A Life in Teaching / Edition 1

The Greatest Catch: A Life in Teaching / Edition 1

by Penny Kittle
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325007101

ISBN-13: 9780325007106

Pub. Date: 08/28/2005

Publisher: Heinemann

Read Kittle's stories of teaching and learning. Then write your own. I plan to.
- Tom Romano, author of Crafting Authentic Voice

For twenty years Penny Kittle has woven together artful teaching and a love of language, celebrating the written word with classes from elementary school through graduate school. Now, she shares the stories of

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Read Kittle's stories of teaching and learning. Then write your own. I plan to.
- Tom Romano, author of Crafting Authentic Voice

For twenty years Penny Kittle has woven together artful teaching and a love of language, celebrating the written word with classes from elementary school through graduate school. Now, she shares the stories of students with whom she's celebrated, struggled, and learned. More than a teaching memoir, The Greatest Catch is a close-up look at how to teach powerful lessons and how to learn powerful lessons from teaching - especially from teaching writing.

Kittle teaches her students that writing is a tool for developing their intellectual, academic, and emotional selves, and in these essays, she shows how both she and her students' lives have been profoundly influenced by writing. You'll look over her shoulder as she tries to win over a mischievous third grader, works with a fifth-grade alcoholic, and attempts to make sense of her profession as she watches secondary students drop out of school. And in each instance, you'll see how writing can provide an outlet for difficult feelings, build connections and community, or foster resiliency in writers of any age.

Best of all, The Greatest Catch is a model for your own professional development. In addition to her inspirational and pragmatic stories, Kittle includes Craft Notes that demonstrate how she composed her essays so that you can use the same strategies for your classroom life. You'll find these tools immediately useful for structuring reflective writing that helps you uncover the many layers of meaning in your work, just as Kittle, herself, has.

Join Penny Kittle in the journey of a teaching lifetime and learn from her experience. Begin with any essay in The Greatest Catch or read it cover to cover. You'll find that no matter where you start you'll end up at the same place: inspired to teach, write, and learn.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325007106
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

foreword by Tom Romano

introduction: water and dawn and bait

beginning

my first Steelie

Penny

David

grace

stopping at a lunchroom table

Josh

Lucas

our last day of school

second chance

just when I thought I knew everything

Lauren

no evidence of achievement

Katelyn

Emily

honors: a teacher's reeducation

Kleenex and marriage and learning to teach

confessions

do the math

a narrative in two voices:

part I: the traffic cop

part II: Ken's story by Ken Fowler

one large to go, extra cheese

multigenre marriage

score

ending

afterword by Chris Crutcher

Craft Notes

Using Quick Writes to Find Stories

Changing Topics

Watching My Word

The First Try

Using Narrative Scenes to Develop Structure

Studying a Mentor Author to Learn About Voice

Finding the Right Voice for the Piece

When a Line Sends My Piece in a New Direction

Staying True to the Story

Answering a Reader's Questions Pondering Different Angles for a Story

Teachers' Writing Group

Adding Detail

Compression

The Use of Metaphor

Working Through Endings

Catching Cliches

An Adverb Hunt

Reading Out Loud

Proofreading for Word Proximity

Acknowledgments

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