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The Greatest Catch

A Life in Teaching

By Penny Kittle
Foreword by Tom Romano
Afterword by Chris Crutcher

Penny 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.

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Read Kittle's stories of teaching and learning. Then write your own. I plan to.
—Tom Romano, author of Crafting Authentic Voice

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.

Contents

foreword by Tom Romano
introduction: water and dawn and bait
beginning
my first Steelie
Penny
David
grace
stopping at a lunchroom table
Josh
Lucas
our last day of school
second chance
just when I thought I knew everything
Lauren
no evidence of achievement
Katelyn
Emily
honors: a teacher's reeducation
Kleenex and marriage and learning to teach
confessions
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
score
ending
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
Compression
The Use of Metaphor
Working Through Endings
Catching Clichés
An Adverb Hunt
Reading Out Loud
Proofreading for Word Proximity
Acknowledgments

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Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Penny Kittle directly about professional development support.