Sheryl Green talks about “Up Close and Personal with Reading” - 198

May 31, 2018

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Sheryl Green is the author of "Up Close and Personal with Reading: A Not-So-Scary Tool for Teaching for Understanding" (2018). Sheryl is a classroom teacher, an educational speaker, trainer, author, educational columnist, and a literacy consultant.

She has 19 years of middle and high school English language arts teaching experience. Sheryl has worked in rural, private international, urban, and inner city schools.

In 2015, she was the Muscogee County (Georgia) School District Teacher of the Year.

Currently, Sheryl is an ELA academic instructional coach in a vocational school in Georgia.

She has a "down to earth" way of getting you to understand and her book is supportive and easy to implement.

Lots to learn and share about Close reading.

Thanks for listening!


Connect with Sheryl:

Jordan Vocational High School
3200 Howard Avenue
Columbus, Georgia 31904
Tel: 706-748-2819


Length - 50:18


Writing, Getting Published, and Sean Wyatt with Ernest Dempsey, part 2 - 197

May 24, 2018

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This is the conclusion of my interview with Ernest Dempsey - the USA Today Bestselling author of the Sean Wyatt archaeological thriller series. In this episode, Ernie shares his thoughts about his characters, his secrets behind making his stories thrilling, and a little sneak peek into his most recent thriller - The Templar Curse.

In episode 196 we talked about his previous career as a high school counselor, working with kids, and what inspired him to become a writer. We also delved into the process of getting published and the obstacles that writers have to overcome.

Ernie is a creative writer who hooks his readers into thrilling adventures. He has an engaging writing style that will make you forget what time it is. You won't want to put his books down until you find out just what happend to Sean and the other characters. 

Don't forget to stop by his website and sign-up for his email list. You will be rewarded with his first book as well as nice updates from time to time.

Lots to learn.

Thanks for listening!


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Length - 50:20


Writing, Getting Published, and Sean Wyatt with Ernest Dempsey, part 1 - 196

May 17, 2018

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 Ernest Dempsey is a USA Today Bestselling author. He writes thrillers centered around real historic places and events. His Sean Wyatt archaeological thriller series has been downloaded over a half million times across the globe.

If you are listening to this podcast during the week of May 14th, is available for free on Amazon for the Kindle. You can also get a copy by going to his website - - and signing up for his email list.

He is a former school counselor and high school soccer coach. Now a full-time writer, he creates stories that will keep you up at all hours because you don't want to wait to find out what happens next.

Today we are talking about working with kids, writing, getting published, and his book series.

This is part 1. Part 2 ...the conclusion... next week.


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 Length - 53:18


Lady Lucy’s Quest with Karen Gross - 195

May 11, 2018



 Lady Lucy's Quest is the first in a series of children's books written by Karen Gross. In this story, Lady Lucy wants to be a knight but the odds are stacked against her. She has to show endurance, strength, and courage. Karen shares that the story is really about "believing in the power of the possible and dreaming big."  

Lady Lucy is a tribute to a real life woman - Lady Lucy Duff Gordon who was a fashion designer from the late 1800's and early 1900's. She was one of the first women to advertise in a clothing catalogue. She and her husband - Cosmo - were on the Titanic when it sunk. They make a brief appearance in the James Cameron film from a few years back called - Titanic.

On today's episode we talk about Lady Lucy's development, why a children's series, what she hopes readers will take away and who Lady Lucy really is or was. I even ask her if she is Lady Lucy.

We also talk about her latest book - Lady Lucy's Dragon Quest and the books that are on the way...Lady Lucy's Unique Unicorn Quest, Lady Lucy's Giraffe Laugh Book, and Lady Lucy's Peace Quest.

The Giraffe book is co-sponsored by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and will be released on World Giraffe Day on June 21, 2018.

Thanks for listening.

Take a look at the links below to find out more about Lady Lucy and to connect with Karen.


Contact Karen and find out more:

Karen's page at Northshire

Karen's Amazon Author Page

Karen Gross & Breakaway Learners - Episode 180 of Teaching Learning Leading K12

Giraffe Conservation


 Length - 45:45


Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom with Barbara R. Blackburn - 194

May 3, 2018

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Rigor in the RTI and MTSS Classroom: Practical Tools and Strategies is a must read for classroom teachers and building level administrators. Like the title says, "Practical Tools and Strategies", it is exactly that...Practical. Barbara R. Blackburn with Bradley S. Witzel have written a book that is extremely useful for making sure that students at all levels of understanding and development are receiving rigorous instruction.

On today's show, Barbara and I talk about the reasons behind the book and why it was important to create tools for teachers working in the RTI and MTSS environments.

She explains what she means by rigor, RTI and MTSS so that readers and listeners are given a common definition. We look at the layout and format of the book as well as the collaboration with Bradley Witzel as well as the collaboration between Routledge and the Council for Exceptional Children. 

As with all of Barbara's books this one is easy to read and understand. It comes with practical tools for using in the classroom and amazing eresources.So we take a closer look at these.

Additionally, we discuss a couple of the chapters and talk about the suggestions and strategies.

Great episode for you. Lots to think about.

Thanks for listening!


By the way, make sure that you see the links below to connect with Barbara.

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Length - 47:55