Category Archives: School Visit

August 17, 2016

Read it – Write it – Speak it – Ya’ll

“What I love and always get out of your presentations is that poetry is not only a form of writing or art to express emotions, but it can be a vehicle for showing learning.

May 19, 2016

Eastern Middle School – Greenwich, CT

We are so excited to work at Eastern that one year Sara had us show up a week early – we peered into the dark hallway from outside noses pressed against the locked doors like ragamuffins in a Dickens novel until the realization that the school was on Spring break finally dawned upon us.

March 5, 2016

Sulfur Springs Middle School – TX

Everything is bigger in Texas! Especially the hospitality. Sara and I have just returned from two jam-packed days working with students and teachers at Sulfur Springs Middle School – about 80 miles outside of Dallas. We were treated like rock stars! Arriving at the hotel we found a gift basket that would have buckled the […]

February 25, 2016

Making Learning Visible

Sara Holbrook and I do what teachers would do if they had more time. We come up with lessons. We create engagement strategies centered on writing frameworks.

February 20, 2016

Baobab College, Lusaka, Zambia

This is how to make a visiting instructor’s session work – participate with your students – let your expertise and knowledge of your classroom’s dynamics keep things rolling along on track.

February 18, 2016

Lusaka International Community School, Zambia

Our first day, after the assemblies, we dove into some writing clinics in the classrooms. We wrote list poems with the first graders – did some questioning poems with second graders – worked on understanding the difference between subjective and objective with the third grade and then composed personification pieces with the year nines.

February 16, 2016

International School of Lusaka

The found poems were a success because of the meeting Heather and I had before our visit. We discussed the lesson, which consists of close reading a passage, picking out important phrases, and then building a poem from these power phrases implementing the use of poetic elements.


“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...