Skype and classroom visits are a wonderful way to invite an author into your classroom. Your students get to meet and interact with the author one on one. They can ask questions about story or about writing and receive answers directly. As an author I can answer questions about writing, revising, story construction and reading. I am currently creating a Revision Strategies mini-lesson for the classroom.
I am available for in-person classroom visits during the 2015-2016 school year in Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, as well as Skype visits anywhere in the country. Please contact me via email to schedule a day that works best for you. Ansha @ anshakotyk.com.
I can help with reaching your common core standards for writing, revision and discussion.
Review of Skype visit to Renetta Morelli’s 7th grade Advanced Literature and English classroom, St. Martin’s School in Gaithersburg, MD.
The author Skype chat went off without a hitch, we tested the connection a few days before the event. Ansha was friendly, professional, and talked to my students on their level. I loved being able to email her with several questions that the students had written ahead of time, so that she was able to tailor the discussion to the topics the students were most interested in learning.
Her answers to their questions were as thoughtful and as detailed as I would expect from an experienced writer. She gave off an enthusiasm that kept the kids hanging on her every word. My students were excited and felt honored that a successful writer of a book they loved, would have a personal conversation with them and allow them email her with follow-up questions. Our author chat was a fantastic experience, and I would love to do it again.
Review of classroom visit at Miscoe Hills Elementary in Massachusetts:
I am seeing benefits from your visit. A couple immediately come to mind.
First, on several occasions I have been able to refer back to your visit as we have discussed revision as part of the writing process. Your visit has gone so far to helping them, in a way that my words alone could not have done, to understanding that they will revise many times before getting things down the way that they need to.
Second, one student is writing as often as possible in her notebook, working on a single story. I check on her progress occasionally and with about 35 pages written she says that she thinks she’s about a quarter of the way into the story. The best part about it is that she is positive and excited about what she is doing. Many of the kids have read the book and all have really enjoyed it. I, for one, am looking forward to the next one.