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Stories from the Teaching Life with Penny Kittle brings insightful, inspiring essays about teaching and life that she has written and collected in her years as an educator. The stories are about writing, reading, learning, books, professional development, students, courage, and love. They're about teaching. They will move you and inspire you, and they will remind you of the beauty of living the teaching life.Penny Kittle is an English teacher, literacy coach, and director of new teacher mentoring at Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire and has served as the National Council of Teachers of English Policy Analyst for the State of New Hampshire. In 2009, she received the James N. Britton award from NCTE for Write Beside Them. And, in 2015, she was recognized with the Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership. Penny is the author of Book Love, Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers; Write Beside Them, Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing; Inside Writing, How to Teach the Details of Craft and My Quick Writes (co-authored with her mentor and friend, Donald H. Graves); The Greatest Catch, a Life in Teaching; and Public Teaching, One Kid at a Time. She recently co-edited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Don Graves’ work called Children Want to Write, Don Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing.She and her husband Pat are founders of the Book Love Foundation, a non-profit foundation with one goal: to put books in the hands of teenagers.To date, it has funded 13 classroom libraries and provided small grants to 10 other teachers. Its vision is to change the story of reading. We have to.Every child. Every year. Every classroom.

Latest Episodes

Haunted. Season 2, Episode 9

In this episode, Penny shares a collection of 3 stories of students who she failed to reach. Over time, over failures, she has learned to embrace this haunting. Like many teachers who want to save all her students–maybe like you–her former failures help her today to possibly succeed with others. This story appeared in Public [...]

20 min2016 MAY 23
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Haunted. Season 2, Episode 9

Donuts to Dollars. Season 2, Episode 8

In this episode, Penny shares a piece of writing about teaching in a small town where it is not uncommon to see students appear in the local paper–for good reasons or otherwise, students from years past or even from the current semester. It is also about the challenge some students face when Graduation Day is a finish [...]

17 min2016 MAY 9
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Donuts to Dollars. Season 2, Episode 8

Earning My Stripes. Season 2, Episode 7.

In this episode, Penny shares a piece of writing that is especially important to her that appeared in Public Teaching One Kid at a Time. Don Graves once read it aloud as part of a keynote, and it is Penny s husband Pat s favorite piece of her writing. It recounts an incident when Penny …had to [...]

14 min2016 APR 25
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Earning My Stripes. Season 2, Episode 7.

Beneath White Icing. Season 2, Episode 6.

In this episode, Penny talks about a dilemma in writing workshop and the consequences for her response when a student writes a draft of epic profanity and violence. It is a compelling piece about the challenges for teachers and students when tackling the meaning of choice in writing. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this [...]

12 min2016 APR 11
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Beneath White Icing. Season 2, Episode 6.

Kelsey. Season 2, Episode 5.

In this episode, Penny shares the story of Kelsey, whose recurring absences created tension in the classroom. But her story is more complex than that. And so is the impression she and Penny leave on each other through their time together. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to [...]

12 min2016 MAR 28
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Kelsey. Season 2, Episode 5.

Kleenex

Usually, when Penny writes about her husband Pat, it s a homerun. He sings to her class on their anniversary, or he creates a multi-genre project about Penny to share with the class. But in this episode, Pat strikes out in his critique of a draft Penny shared with him. And eventually that helps Penny better [...]

14 min2016 MAR 14
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Kleenex

Shaina

In this episode, Penny shares the story of Shaina. This is a beautiful, absolutely heart-wrenching story of a student who used writing to help her process the loss of her mother to cancer. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on [...]

13 min2016 FEB 29
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Shaina

Kristen – A Story in Two Parts

In this episode, a two-parter! Penny shares the story of Kristen in two parts. First, as a former student whose profanity led to vast improvements in her writing and reading. (Yes, because the consequence for the gutter mouth was lunch with Ms. Kittle…) And second as a student who overcame many obstacles to complete her [...]

15 min2016 FEB 15
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Kristen – A Story in Two Parts

Josh – The start of Season 2

This is the debut of Season 2 of Stories from the Teaching Life with Penny Kittle. Penny shares the story of Josh, a student who taught her a lesson about writing that she has always remembered because he risked everything to tell the hardest story that he d lived so far. Subscribe in iTunes The material [...]

11 min2016 FEB 1
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Josh – The start of Season 2

The End of Season 1

In this episode, Penny marks the end of Season 1 of Stories from the Teaching Life and talks about Season 2 with producer Kevin Carlson. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on iTunes at the link above. If you check [...]

24 min2015 DEC 21
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The End of Season 1

Latest Episodes

Haunted. Season 2, Episode 9

In this episode, Penny shares a collection of 3 stories of students who she failed to reach. Over time, over failures, she has learned to embrace this haunting. Like many teachers who want to save all her students–maybe like you–her former failures help her today to possibly succeed with others. This story appeared in Public [...]

20 min2016 MAY 23
Comments
Haunted. Season 2, Episode 9

Donuts to Dollars. Season 2, Episode 8

In this episode, Penny shares a piece of writing about teaching in a small town where it is not uncommon to see students appear in the local paper–for good reasons or otherwise, students from years past or even from the current semester. It is also about the challenge some students face when Graduation Day is a finish [...]

17 min2016 MAY 9
Comments
Donuts to Dollars. Season 2, Episode 8

Earning My Stripes. Season 2, Episode 7.

In this episode, Penny shares a piece of writing that is especially important to her that appeared in Public Teaching One Kid at a Time. Don Graves once read it aloud as part of a keynote, and it is Penny s husband Pat s favorite piece of her writing. It recounts an incident when Penny …had to [...]

14 min2016 APR 25
Comments
Earning My Stripes. Season 2, Episode 7.

Beneath White Icing. Season 2, Episode 6.

In this episode, Penny talks about a dilemma in writing workshop and the consequences for her response when a student writes a draft of epic profanity and violence. It is a compelling piece about the challenges for teachers and students when tackling the meaning of choice in writing. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this [...]

12 min2016 APR 11
Comments
Beneath White Icing. Season 2, Episode 6.

Kelsey. Season 2, Episode 5.

In this episode, Penny shares the story of Kelsey, whose recurring absences created tension in the classroom. But her story is more complex than that. And so is the impression she and Penny leave on each other through their time together. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to [...]

12 min2016 MAR 28
Comments
Kelsey. Season 2, Episode 5.

Kleenex

Usually, when Penny writes about her husband Pat, it s a homerun. He sings to her class on their anniversary, or he creates a multi-genre project about Penny to share with the class. But in this episode, Pat strikes out in his critique of a draft Penny shared with him. And eventually that helps Penny better [...]

14 min2016 MAR 14
Comments
Kleenex

Shaina

In this episode, Penny shares the story of Shaina. This is a beautiful, absolutely heart-wrenching story of a student who used writing to help her process the loss of her mother to cancer. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on [...]

13 min2016 FEB 29
Comments
Shaina

Kristen – A Story in Two Parts

In this episode, a two-parter! Penny shares the story of Kristen in two parts. First, as a former student whose profanity led to vast improvements in her writing and reading. (Yes, because the consequence for the gutter mouth was lunch with Ms. Kittle…) And second as a student who overcame many obstacles to complete her [...]

15 min2016 FEB 15
Comments
Kristen – A Story in Two Parts

Josh – The start of Season 2

This is the debut of Season 2 of Stories from the Teaching Life with Penny Kittle. Penny shares the story of Josh, a student who taught her a lesson about writing that she has always remembered because he risked everything to tell the hardest story that he d lived so far. Subscribe in iTunes The material [...]

11 min2016 FEB 1
Comments
Josh – The start of Season 2

The End of Season 1

In this episode, Penny marks the end of Season 1 of Stories from the Teaching Life and talks about Season 2 with producer Kevin Carlson. Subscribe in iTunes The material in this podcast is copyrighted and not to be recorded or redistributed. This episode is available on iTunes at the link above. If you check [...]

24 min2015 DEC 21
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The End of Season 1
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