Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Words of Wisdom

I spent last Saturday morning listening to Lester Laminack talk about writing and spelling.


First of all, he is HILARIOUS, especially if you like sarcastic!

He is very real, down to earth, and REALLY knows what goes on in our classrooms.

Here are just few of his words of wisdom that came my way while listening to him.

*The only kids who need to spell are writers and kids in a spelling bee.

*We need to study spelling as a language, not a stimulus response system. Spelling has to be broader than for a a test on Friday.

*We need to be building a repertoire of skills that will translate. We need to know how to transfer the patterns of spelling. Spelling needs to be learned in the act of writing.

*We need to help kids understand why language is the way it is.Students need to understand why, even in spelling. They need to understand why we do it before, how to do it. If we don't know why, we are just memorizing.

*The beauty of a child is in the passion of his/her language, not in the structure of the spelling.

I say...I'm not there but my goal is to get there!

He also had some powerful things to say about bullying. He will say it to children in an upcoming book called Sam Loves Pink. It's on my list.
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I am sad to say that in all my professional reading and research, I did not own one of his books. How sad for me. That changed has since changed.

My next read will be...


My next purchase will be...



The children's books I now own are...


and...



Not only do I own these, someone else will own a new book because I am giving one lucky follower a copy of an autographed...



It is autographed especially to...



If you are interested in winning this autographed copy of Snow Day by Lester Laminack, just be a follower and leave a comment below.

Be sure to leave your comment by before Friday at 12:01 a.m. EST.

The winner will be selected by a random number generator on Saturday.

Good Luck!

82 comments:

  1. Oh wow! I would love to win! Congrats on the opportunity to meet him :)


    kimberlycollatos@comcast.net

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  2. I would love to be a winner. Sounds like a great inspirational time. I agree with the bullet points and will be Googling soon!

    Randi @ Teach It With Class
    My TPT Store
    My Facebook Page

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  3. I would love to win! I've seen him twice and both times were great!

    Kate
    dancinqueenks23@aol.com

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  4. I follow your blog! This looks amazing and I can't wait to learn more.

    heathernnance@yahoo.com

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  5. I just added a few of those books to my wishlist :) Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of the book, love it!

    thepolkadotowl@gmail.com

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  6. All of those books look fabulous! I AM glad that we won't be having a snow day any time soon though! :o) I follow your blog!

    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  7. So cool! I love when I get to hear someone who really speaks to me and what I do in the classroom! *Fingers crossed that I win :) *

    Julie
    Light a Fire in Third Grade
    Bourke.Julie@gmail.com

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  8. Hope this follower (me) is the lucky winner!
    sherrymatheson@gmail.com

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  9. I think Lester is great! I love his Saturdays and Teacakes. I already have this book, but someone else will really enjoy it! I love your blog!

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  10. Hi I am now a follower and I'm interested in what Lester has to say.

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  11. Lester is fabulous! I have been lucky enough to hear him several times, including having him visit our school. So glad you got to experience him!

    The Teacher's Chatterbox,
    Rebecca

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  12. Oh wow....congrats on this awesome experience!! I am a follower and would sure like to win this AUTHOGRAPHED book! My students will totally go nuts if they see a book signed by the actual author.

    Cindy
    b_inspired04@yahoo.com

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  13. Wow--I wasn't even planning to be in a contest! I did want to let you know he is one of my favorite speakers--if not THE favorite. I could sit and listen to him for hours! I guess I get 'sarcastic' humor! lol

    Barb
    meet me at the zoo...
    kinderzoo

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  14. I love Lester!! He has worked with our faculty a couple of times over the past few years. His wisdom of young writers has influenced the way I write and teach writing. I used to hate writing. I hated teaching writing even more. Now, I can honestly say that I seek out new writing experiences just so I can see what my little ones are capable of doing, seeing, and sharing.

    I do not have "Snow Day" and would love to win an autographed copy.

    First Grade Escapades

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  15. I would love to win!

    cotoclaudia [at] gmail.com

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  16. I follow! Autographed books are always fun to use in author studies!

    teaching.joys@yahoo.com

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  17. I follow and would love to win!

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  18. I follow your blog and would love the chance to win this book. Will also go check out...Cracking Open the Author's Craft.
    You're so lucky! It's been years since our district had speakers or ones even that have come to our area giving us the opportunity to go and see...sigh.

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  19. I have not heard of this man but he sounds terrific! I will be looking into his work. I would love to win. And I am a devoted follower of yours.

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  20. Thank you for sharing your experience. I look forward to learning more. I know my first graders would love to have "Snow Day" join our classroom library.
    Thank you for all you share!
    dianesf@rcn.com

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  21. He came to our school in March. It was a different presentation than I had ever hear but motivating.

    Swimming into Second

    swimmingintosecond@att.net

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  22. Oh Kathy, you KNOW I like sarcasm!

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  23. Thank you for sharing this wonderful resource...I'm putting him on my list of people to read this summer! I LOVE his quotes regarding spelling and will have to look into getting some of his children's books as well. I would very much enjoy an autographed copy of his book ...especially if it says I'm a follower of you!

    hsamuelson2013@gmail.com
    Swamp Frog First Graders

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  25. Thanks for sharing! I'll have to check him out in my "free" time (as in this summer).

    I'm a follower!

    Quench Your First

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  26. YIKES! I forgot my e-mail!

    cantina920@yahoo.com

    Quench Your First

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  27. I am a follower and your fan! This is something I'd love to have! I'll also be looking for his other books.♥♫

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  28. Love your blog! I am your newest follower! Come visit me...

    learnplayandhavfun.blogspot.com
    spencerjb0711@gmail.com

    Jessica

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  29. It's not too late to teach this old dog new tricks!! Thank you.

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  30. I have been reading your blog for a few months now and I LOVE IT. I don't know how you have the time to come up with such wonderful things, but myself and my other first grade team members are very thankful you have!!

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  31. Haha, I love who he wrote the book is for. Pretty funny! I would love to win! :]

    -Abby

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  32. Thank you for sharing your notes! I actually check out Snow Day every year from the library to read to my kiddos. Somehow, I missed that he wrote PD books, as well (you're not alone!).

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  33. I'm a follower and I would love this! :)

    Thanks!

    Nicole
    A Frenzy of Fun in 1st Grade

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  34. I have had the pleasure of hearing Lester twice. Love, love, love him!! He makes so much sense.

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  35. I am a follower and I would love to add this book to my collection!
    lraines78@gmail.com

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  36. I am a devoted follower! :) Love your ideas!

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  37. Thank you for sharing!! I am a faithful follower and would love a copy of SNOW DAY!
    mythreesonsmarketplace@comcast.net

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  38. I follow and would love to win this book!

    smontano9@cox.net

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  39. I'm already a follower of your blog and would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity!
    dawnkey82@yahoo.com

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  40. Loooove your blog and I'm a follower!

    Cindy
    Cdelvalle81@gmail.com

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  41. I LOVE your blog! I am a faithful follower! Would love to win! :o)

    Cindy
    ccfirstteacher@gmail.com

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  42. Loooove your blog and I'm a follower!

    Cindy
    Cdelvalle81@gmail.com

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  43. This is great! Thanks for sharing! :) I am a follower!

    Lisa
    fsuteach81@yahoo.com

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  44. I love Lester Lamanak, also. His voice speaks directly to me. Thanks for the book giveaway.
    louise
    eugenezirk@centurytel.net

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  45. I love Lester too! He taught at Western Carolina and I saw him at a conference - I love to hear him read aloud - If you ever get a chance to hear him again , ask him to read Wodney Wat - hilarious!! I just started following you - even though I teach third grade, I like your ideas:)

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  46. oops, my email is mamabain1@hotmail.com

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  47. I've been a follower for awhile, and would love to win. The only book I own is Jake's 100th Day of School. Fingers crossed! :)

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  48. Oops! Email is tgraves@wi.rr.com

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  49. Thanks for sharing this information - His resource and pictures books are new to me. An autographed copy would be wonderful!

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  50. I don't own any of his books! How can that possibly be?? :) I am a follower!

    Amanda
    First Grade Garden
    atervoort@gmail.com

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  51. Wow! Thanks for posting. I am always looking for new books to read in the summer. Thanks for sharing.
    carlyluvs2teach@yahoo.com

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  52. Wow! Thanks for posting. I am always looking for new books to read in the summer. Thanks for sharing.
    carlyluvs2teach@yahoo.com

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  53. Another book for my reading list. I'm a follower.

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  54. I love Lester Laminack! I had the opportunity to hear him speak at a Reading Conference last year! He was hilarious and so "down-to-earth"! I'm glad that you've "found him" and I hope your kiddos like him too!
    Michelle

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  55. I am a devoted follwer! I love your creativity!
    Marcy
    marcy_sundling@hotmail.com

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  56. I'd love to win this book! I love snow days but I highly doubt I'll get one anytime soon! Love your blog!

    Ashlee

    aldaniels15@yahoo.com

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  57. I would love to win this book!
    maria.youngblut@cardinalcomet.com

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  58. I am a follower! Would love the book!
    tjulch@mpsomaha.org

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  59. Thanks for offering the contest!

    taied06@yahoo.com

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  60. amazing give away! I'd love to win :) I follow your blog!

    Melissa

    todayinfirstgradeblog@gmail.com

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  61. I am a follower. Thx for introducing us to these amazing resources. :)
    Ashleybowlesreed@hotmail.com

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  62. I'm a follower of your awesome blog & I would love to win an autographed copy!

    First Grade Delight
    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  63. Don't you just LOVE Lester?!!! He has done PD for our system for years! Never a dull moment with him.....he even 'pole danced' for us once! Thanks so very much for sharing your experience with us!!!
    ~Heather
    http://1stgraderockss.blogspot.com/
    1strateteaching@gmail.com

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  64. Always love a good recommendation. Can't wait to read these.
    teriannclark@yahoo.com

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  65. All of the books above look great!!! I definitely want to get my hands on the children's books as well as the two adult ones! The read aloud book looks GREAT!

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  66. Whoops. My email is emilyecrews@gmail.com

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  67. I am a follower - thanks for sharing - I haven't heard about him before - I can't wait to read his books. I would love to win an autograph copy
    Sarah
    sebbers@bellsouth.net

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  68. I am a follower and I would love to win this book!!

    Jennifer
    jenniferlalsip(at)yahoo(dot)com
    The First Grade Dream

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  69. I am a follower!

    Melissa
    mms1223@gmail.com

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  70. My students would love to win a new book for our classroom library!

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  71. I am a follower!

    CL14Mentor@oh.rr.com

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  72. I would love to win!

    ashleysanderson1@hotmail.com

    flyinghighinfirst.blogspot.com

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  73. Thanks for the recommendation....going to check his books out right now....of course after I click to follow you!
    Dafoose@westperry.org

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  74. Thanks for the recommendation....going to check his books out right now....of course after I click to follow you!
    Dafoose@westperry.org

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  75. I loved hearing Lester Laminack speak last Saturday!

    cstaylor616@gmail.com

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  76. I love the ideas you shared of his! I have read these before (maybe from him) and agree that spelling is a skill, although important in many jobs, is sometimes focused on too much.

    I LOVE the book Snow Day!! We rarely get them here in Texas, so the book is PERFECT! I don't own it & would love an autographed copy!

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  77. Pretty sure I'll be late to qualify for the drawing...but I am most interested in the comments about spelling that Lester Laminack shared with you all. I will definitely be purchasing some of his books! Thanks for sharing!

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  78. Thanks for my new summer reading list!

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  79. I am a follower!
    mmteach774@yahoo.com

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  80. I just found your blog and I absolutely LOVE IT! Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing such wonderful teaching materials. I am now a very thankful follower!

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  81. Hi Kathy,

    I appreciate that you highlighted Mr. Laminack's philosophy, and I definitely will purchase the two teaching resources before the end of summer.

    This is what I like about teaching blogs for I become enriched by invaluable insights.

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