Making magic in their classrooms
To our beloved teachers,
Here’s a secret: I love teachers who complain. Let me clarify: I love teachers who want Storyworks to do MORE for them and who take the time to ask for it. So much of what is working well about the magazine can be traced back to an e-mail sent to me by a teacher.
Sometimes they’re a little angry, like when a mysterious teacher named Mary Blow wrote to me YEARS ago because she really needed us to do more to help her with her brand-new whiteboard. Within a week of hearing from Mary, we were adding better-quality PDFs for the whiteboard and planning digital lesson plans that enabled teachers to pull our assets together into a coherent lesson. Now Mary basically needs a restraining order against me. She has become a go-to guru on technology, Common Core, testing, and so much else.
Then there was Bradley Holmes, who (politely) wrote and said that he really thought we needed help with some of our Web activities. Fast-forward two years, and Brad is another key adviser, offering great advice about our quizzes and sharing his experiences of using Storyworks cover-to-cover with his kids. (Lucky us: We got to meet the wonderful Holmes family in January, when they came to visit New York City.)
And most recently, an amazing reading teacher named Michele Miner wrote to me asking for more differentiated articles. Now Michele has been ensnared in our trap, offering up incredible expertise on how to provide better support for struggling readers.
These are just a few examples of how teachers have changed our lives here at Storyworks. There are so many more of you, and I hope more still to come. You’ll be getting a survey from us in a few weeks. Your feedback will help our team make Storyworks better. I hope you will be RUTHLESS.
Editor, Storyworks magazine
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