The Greatest Catch: A Life In Teaching by Penny KittleThe Greatest Catch: A Life In Teaching by Penny Kittle

The Greatest Catch: A Life In Teaching

byPenny Kittle

Paperback | July 28, 2005

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Grades K-12


Foreword by Tom Romano

Afterword by Chris Crutcher


For twenty years Penny Kittle has woven together artful teaching and a love of language, celebrating the written word with classes from elementary school through graduate school. Now, she shares the stories of students with whom she's celebrated, struggled, and learned. More than a teaching memoir, The Greatest Catch is a close-up look at how to teach powerful lessons and how to learn powerful lessons from teaching–especially from teaching writing.

Kittle teaches her students that writing is a tool for developing their intellectual, academic, and emotional selves, and in these essays, she shows how both she and her students' lives have been profoundly influenced by writing. You'll look over her shoulder as she tries to win over a mischievous third grader, works with a fifth-grade alcoholic, and attempts to make sense of her profession as she watches secondary students drop out of school. And in each instance, you'll see how writing can provide an outlet for difficult feelings, build connections and community, or foster resiliency in writers of any age.

Best of all, The Greatest Catch is a model for your own professional development. In addition to her inspirational and pragmatic stories, Kittle includes Craft Notes that demonstrate how she composed her essays so that you can use the same strategies for your classroom life. You'll find these tools immediately useful for structuring reflective writing that helps you uncover the many layers of meaning in your work, just as Kittle, herself, has.

Join Penny Kittle in the journey of a teaching lifetime and learn from her experience. Begin with any essay in The Greatest Catch or read it cover to cover. You'll find that no matter where you start you'll end up at the same place: inspired to teach, write, and learn.

Title:The Greatest Catch: A Life In TeachingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 0.4 inPublished:July 28, 2005Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0325007101

ISBN - 13:9780325007106

Appropriate for ages: 5 - 17

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Table of Contents

    foreword by Tom Romano
    introduction: water and dawn and bait
    my first Steelie
    stopping at a lunchroom table
    our last day of school
    second chance
    just when I thought I knew everything
    no evidence of achievement
    honors: a teacher's reeducation
    Kleenex and marriage and learning to teach
    do the math
    a narrative in two voices:
    part I: the traffic cop
    part II: Ken’s story by Ken Fowler
    one large to go, extra cheese
    multigenre marriage
    afterword by Chris Crutcher
    Craft Notes

      Using Quick Writes to Find Stories
      Changing Topics
      Watching My Word
      The First Try
      Using Narrative Scenes to Develop Structure
      Studying a Mentor Author to Learn About Voice
      Finding the Right Voice for the Piece
      When a Line Sends My Piece in a New Direction
      Staying True to the Story
      Answering a Reader's Questions
    Pondering Different Angles for a Story
    Teachers' Writing Group
    Adding Detail
    The Use of Metaphor
    Working Through Endings
    Catching Clichés
    An Adverb Hunt
    Reading Out Loud
    Proofreading for Word Proximity