former early childhood teacher, Stephanie's chats are funny, educational
and occasionally feature a real live character from one of her
books. Can you guess which one? Stephanie has access to both iChat
have the students prepare in advance a list of questions for her
to answer. She will first give a brief presentation, perhaps showing
her latest book or talking about an upcoming project, and will
then take questions. If you prefer, the Q&A can come first,
depending on your students' needs. How you handle the Q&A
is up to you. Sometimes students come up to the screen individually
to ask questions and then the next student comes up. Sometimes
the students gather around the screen to ask questions. The format
will depend on your needs and what kind of equipment you have.
If you have an activboard or some other means to project the images
onto a larger screen, for example, the format might be somewhat
different. In any case, students must be familiar with some of
a slide presentation, Stephanie can also send you the slides in
advance of the visit so that the teacher can advance the slides
on her cue. Please let us know if you would like this to be a
feature of the chat.
you would like a different kind of program, please let us know
before setting up the program and please provide a general idea
of what you would like. Further details will be needed at least
a week before the chat so she can prepare.
happy to autograph bookplates in advance of the chat, but be sure
to send them to her in a timely manner so she can sign them and
get them back to you before the chat.
* for 1 one-hour long chat
* for 2 one-hour long chats over the course of a day
* for 3 one-hour long chats over the course of a day Negotiable
more information about her and her books. Her books are available
from a variety of sources, including
FEW WORDS FROM A TEACHER WHOSE CLASS SKYPED WITH STEPHANIE:
a teacher I could not have asked for a better experience, especially
for the first skype chat! This experience is not over yet. Tomorrow
. . . the children will be making Stephanie's favorite drink,
egg cream. They will then write about it in their journals. Additionally,
[we] will have the children write suggestions for Stephanie's
next book. They were and still are excited!
think a half hour is just the right amount of time for our age
group [second graders]. We are using the experience in many ways.
One way is to tie it into our unit about careers. It also helps
reinforce the writing process. We have *editing meetings* to correct,
change or add to the things that the children write. I am always
telling the children that authors do this too. These experiences
allow children to see that and connect it with their writing.
Also, it encourages them.
was wonderful. She was a perfect fit for us and really did her
best to make it a good experience for the children. I would welcome
her into my classroom anytime!
Pen Ryn School
South Olds . Blvd.
Hills, PA 19030
references for online chats are available upon request.