Author Archives: Michael Salinger

February 26, 2018

American International School of Chennai

“Friends stick to you like lice to a scalp.” So surmised a 7th grade class as we worked on a co-created definition poem describing the word Friendship. Pretty apropos seeing as we made whole bunch of new friend during our visit to AISC. Librarian extraordinaire Jeremy Willette being one and I’d be remiss to not […]


February 26, 2018

ECIS Librarian Triennial 2018

Librarians are trouble makers. Sara and I have been wanting to get to India for years and our opportunity finally came this year. Last year when we were in Shanghai our librarian and partner in crime Barbara Boyer told us about the ECIS triennial conference. ECIS stands for Educational Collaborative for International Schools. This particular […]


February 9, 2018

New Philadelphia – Young Authors

Sara and I just spent a couple days down South. Just under a hundred miles South of our house that is. This required a couple early morning drives through some, at times, questionable weather. But the white knuckle driving was all with it once we got there. have I told you how much we love […]


February 4, 2018

Eastern Middle School – Greenwich, CT

We love coming to Eastern and consider ourselves honorary Gators – we show up wave to the office folks and head to the teacher lounge to store our lunches in the refrigerator. It really is a homecoming of sorts.


February 4, 2018

Mill Pond Elementary – Westborough, Mass.

What a great way to get back on the saddle again. Mill Pond elementary in Westborough Massachusetts made getting back into the swing of school visits a pleasure. The literacy coordinator, Stephanie Nephew had everyone so prepared for our visit all we had to do was show up. We did four assemblies the first day for […]


December 29, 2017

Willoughby Eastlake Public Library Radio

Sara and I had the fun privilege of sitting down with Lori Caszatt of the Willoughby Eastlake Library for a chat on a chilly December day. click and listen.


November 9, 2017

Singapore American School

What can we say? Singapore American School feels like a home away from home for us. We have visited here so many times that we have a favorite grocery store. We love our trips to this school. Why? Because they push us – every time we come they throw another challenge our way that makes […]


August 5, 2017

Back to School

Back to School Poem: My Official List, a writer’s guide


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.


Testimonials

“Sara and Michael bring infectious energy and joy leavened with deep knowledge of best practices in literacy to their work with children and teachers.” Ellin Keene – Author of Mosaic of Thought and The Teacher You Want to Be
“Sara and Michael bring magic, and a contagious love of words to both students and teachers alike!” Georgia Heard - Author of Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School More testimonials...