Author Archives: Michael Salinger

May 8, 2017

Brookpark Memorial Elementary

Our penultimate school visit of the 2017 season. Brook Park Memorial Elementary where we were greeted with enthusiastic open arms by Jenifer Csiszar the instructional coach who arranged our visit.   We did a couple assemblies – one for the K thru second graders then one for the third thru fifth. Afterwards we each did a […]


May 4, 2017

Look what I found! A found poem lesson to augment novel study.

So what are we accomplishing here?

We are close reading a text as a group.

We discover themes of our literature.

We are collaborating to discern the importance of what we are reading.

We are taking collaborative research and writing as individuals.

We are getting hands on experience using poetic elements.

We are accepting the extra challenge.

We are working and succeeding through a bit of cognitive dissonance.

We are coming back together to edit and write a finished piece with a partner.

We are sharing our work with an audience.


April 21, 2017

The only kind of school choice that makes sense.

I think it would do us well to look a bit closer at the folks who are setting our education agenda. Are they forcing their proclivities downstream? Does a billionaire software engineer really understand the kid who is going to grow up to be a philosophy professor? Does a wealthy political donor comprehend the learning needs of a kid on the spectrum?


April 6, 2017

The Enemy – Detroit 1954

Here’s a little vid we put together as a trailer for Sara to use before her book talks for her new novel.


April 3, 2017

Nansha College Preparatory Academy

NCPA is a bit of different flavor of international school – the student body iscomprised of Chinese Nationals who begin their time here and in Englishimmersion in 7th grade. This presents some a particular challenges when offering an AP curriculum with an eye toward graduates enrolling in Western universities. The students and staff certainly are more than up to the task.


March 30, 2017

Shanghai American – Puxi

That one day the poets showed up. Shanghai American School is split between two campuses on either side of the river. One side Pudong the other Puxi. The cool thing is the teacher bus for both campuses stopped at exactly the same place outside of our apartment ten minutes apart – so we had that […]


March 14, 2017

Shanghai American School – Pudong

The bus waits for none. But we couldn’t wait to get back to Shanghai American School’s Pudong campus. Sara and I are spending a whole month here in the bustling mega city. Two weeks at each campus of SAS. We begin on the Pudong side of the river where our hosts are the ever-hospitable Barbara […]


February 25, 2017

YK Pao International School – Shanghai

We begin this stint in China by speaking to a compilation of local librarians from English speaking schools in the city. A seditious bunch for sure headed up by our host Kendra Perkins who arranged and organized our first three days in Shanghai with the precision of a – well, a librarian.


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