I've been teaching for almost 30 years and I love it! I'm also a national literacy consultant and author of books for teachers on literacy practices (see list below). I just finished a series of three picture books about a precocious little writer: Stella! Right now, I work as a K-6 instructional coach in a Title I school. I love working and learning with teachers and students every day! Please see my blog at www.janielwagstaff.blogspot.com, and join me on Literacy Matters on Facebook or Twitter, instagram, periscope = @janielwagstaff. I love making new teaching friends! Happy teaching!
I'm a constructivist, at heart. I believe in hands-on, minds-on, active, reflective, personally-relevant learning for all children! BALANCE and PURPOSE are key and JOY is always a given!
Best of State Teacher of the Year for Utah
BA University of Utah MED University of Utah
Author of the Stella Writes picture book series (published by SDE and Crystal Springs Books). Author of 15 professional books for teachers: (From Scholastic): 85 Differentiated Word Sorts (2017) Quick Start to Writing Workshop Success (2011), Using Name Walls to Teaching Reading and Writing (2009), 20 Tricky Writing Problems Solved (2004), 20 Weekly Word Study Poetry Packets (2003), Irresistible Sound Matching Sheets and Lessons That Build Phonemic Awareness (2003), Teaching Reading and Writing With Word Walls (1999), Phonics That Work! New Strategies for the Reading/Writing Classroom (1994); (From Corwin Literacy): The Common Core Companion Booster Lessons K-2 (2016); and from SDE (Staff Development for Educators): Stella Writes An Opinion (2015), Stella and Class Information Experts (2015), Stella Tells Her Story (2015), Stella: Poet Extraordinaire (2016) and We Can Do This! Student Mentor Texts that Teach and Inspire K-2 (2017).
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