Hey there, colleague — happy Tuesday to you. I hope I find you well.
Got a minute for a story?
A year or so ago, my editor at Corwin said, “Hey Dave! Want to write a book with Matthew Johnson and Matthew Kay?”
The first few words — “Want to write a book with?” — scared me. I'm kind of a loner guy when it comes to writing. I mostly do it sitting in a messy cinder block closet adjacent to my classroom, muttering as I type, half-opened books piled around me, stopping a lot to walk and pray. It's more half-crazed monk than it is able and polished collaborator.
BUT: I knew these gentlemen were pros.
Longer-time readers might remember a book study of Matthew Kay's Not Light, But Fire that we did a few summers ago, and then he and I and a bunch of colleagues chatted. He teaches high school ELA in Philly and does about a million other things (e.g., a regular column for Ed Leadership; coaches everything; is a great dad to little ones).
And Matt Johnson? C'mon, the guy's Flash Feedback is an instant classic! He teaches high school ELA in Ann Arbor, MI, and he's also a dad of youngsters.
So: while I'm not prone to collab projects, when my editor finished her sentence with those two names, I said, “Yes! Please.”
The results, a year later?
Yep — new book! So, before you head into summer, order about a million of these for every secondary ELA teacher you know. (And, until May 31, use coupon code IMPACT25 to save 25%😘).
The questions we answer in the book
Before I close, let me share the titular “biggest questions about teaching middle and high school ELA” that we answer in the book.
So: lots of great food for thought, produced by three of your colleagues who are in the thick of the work and teaching right beside you. Pre-order your copy with coupon code IMPACT25 today! Order here.