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Sing it, Reba. Thank you, Patricia Polacco.
by Joan Wink - 08-16-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, sing it, wherever you are.   I would not have known about this song without the wisdom and generosity of  Patricia Polacco on

STEM Crisis? What is the evidence?
by Joan Wink - 08-16-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Sometimes this blog has tidbits which interest some of you.  Sometimes, not so much.  However, WinkWorld also serves as a library of ideas which interest me.  Once, I create a blog on a topic, it is easy for

A Morning Walk on the Prairies
by Joan Wink - 08-07-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Just a little glimpse into one morning last week on the ranch. First, I did my 6 mile walk. While I was walking, I saw a Golden Eagle, although my photo of it was not as good as the one I am posting here. On

Scaffolding with Students: What? Why? How?
by Joan Wink - 08-06-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, A colleague and I were discussing scaffolding, which led me to review some of my materials.  The purpose of this post to share a few materials on scaffolding. First, what is scaffolding? Scaffolding is how

Whole Language Umbrella, Tucson 2017
by Joan Wink - 07-24-2017
It happened: I hit PUBLISH after the draft only version.  Every blogger's worse nightmare. Forgive me. I'll edit and be back ASAP.   Dear WinkWorld Readers, The Whole Language Umbrella conference in Tucson was wonderful,

The Power of Story Chapter Seven
by Joan Wink - 07-21-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Chapter Seven, Patience and Fortitude, is the final chapter of the book.  Patience and Fortitude are the names of the two marble lion statues, which guard the entrance to the New York Public Library.

The Power of Story Chapter Six
by Joan Wink - 07-21-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Here we go with a peak into chapter six, Into the Clouds.  This is the pixel or paper chapter. I have previously written about this on 9-12-16 ad 9-20-16, which you can find at WinkWorld

The Power of Story Chapter Five
by Joan Wink - 07-20-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers,  On we go to chapter five, Of Immigrants and Imagination. First, an mage that chapter, which Katie Knox created for me. Thanks, Katie. Enjoy Japan. Next a story map (visual Table of Contents),

The Power of Story Chapter Four
by Joan Wink - 07-20-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Here we go with a glimpse into chapter four, High-Stakes Stories.  Remember all of those feel-good stories of the first three chapters? In this chapter, I'm going to tell you what doesn't feel good, a

The Power of Story Chapter Three
by Joan Wink - 07-19-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, I'm back with a glimpse into chapter three, Animals and the Alphabet.  Yesterday on a early morning walk to one of my fav libraries in Tucson, Himmel Park Library, I was enjoying all of the clever sayings

The Power of Story: Chapter Two
by Joan Wink - 07-18-2017
Hi WinkWorld Readers,  I am still sitting here working on copy edits and sharing a bit as I go. Here is a glimpse of Chapter Two, Loving Those Stories, from forthcoming The Power of Story from Libraries Unlimited

The Power of Story: Chapter One
by Joan Wink - 07-18-2017
OK, WinkWorld Readers, here is a little overview of chapter one, as I finish the copy edit for this section. Remember, first an image, next a visual Table of Contents, and finally one story from chapter one. An image from Katie Knox in Chapter

The Power of Story: Preface
by Joan Wink - 07-18-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, As I mentioned in an earlier blog posting this a.m., I am in the midst of a copy edit blitz, and as I finish the copy edit for each section, I will share briefly. My plan is to share (a) an image from Katie Knox

Hunkered Down on My Dear Desert
by Joan Wink - 07-17-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Time to hunkered down on my dear desert and begin/end all of the copy edits from the book compositors, who are the people who use laser focus on each word, sentence, image, citation of each page to make the book

Prairie Pedagogy: Trailin Talks Trucks
by Joan Wink - 07-10-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers,  If you have been following my blog, you are aware that one book project, "The Power of Story" is nearly finished, and I'll soon be turning to the next writing project.  Since I have been collecting stories

The Power of Story (my next book)
by Joan Wink - 07-02-2017
Hey WinkWorld Readers, Look what I just found on my publisher's webpages; I had not yet seen this cover.  The compositor and I still have a little work to do later this month. At that time I plan to share some visual chapter summaries,

Prairie Pedagogy: Paul Interviews Missy
by Joan Wink - 05-10-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Meet the wonderful Atall School (K-8) of Meade County, South Dakota.  As some of you know, I have been reading and sharing books with this group of students for the past three or four years. I am loving the memories,

Personalized Learning = CBE: Ka-ching.
by Joan Wink - 04-26-2017
  Dear WinkWorld Readers, What in the world is personalized learning?  It sounds wonderful, doesn't it? Be careful.  I have a hunch that it is called personalized learning to fool well-meaning people. I fear that it

What is the ZPD? Or, How To Clean A White Board, or Mumbo Jumbo Theory
by Joan Wink - 04-12-2017
  Dear WinkWorld Readers, I was recently reminded of this story, which was published originally in "A Vision of Vygotsky," a book which Le Putney and I wrote and published in 2002. I'll post the complete citation at the end of this

Steven M. Singer: Kids are a captive market for the testing industry.
by Joan Wink - 04-11-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers,  In the previous WinkWorld, I shared Nancy Bailey's thoughts on what happens when librarians are replaced by computers. In what follows, I will share a recent blog from Steven M. Singer, where he demonstrates

Nancy Bailey: Librarians or Computers?
by Joan Wink - 04-10-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, I rarely repost another's blog, as there is already access for all.  However, recently, there have been two blogs (one from Nancy Bailey and another from Steven Singer), which I really want to highlight for

Reading During the Testing Season
by Joan Wink - 04-08-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, This post is for all the teachers who are slogging through testing season.  Teachers, I know you know all that I am posting below, but sometimes it just helps to be reminded of what really works when it comes to

Those People: You Know How They Are
by Joan Wink - 03-30-2017
  Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently, while working on a project with CO colleagues, I came across this long-forgotten article buried deep in my computer, which was published 10 years ago.  For me, it seems relevant today

Pre-K Babes Who Speak Other Languages at Home: What do we do?
by Joan Wink - 02-18-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers,  A colleague in Colorado invited me to work with her during an online inservice in late March. The participants are Pre-K professionals: leaders and service-providers. The Pre-K babes in their classes tend

IJFLT Shares Recent Stephen D. Krashen Videos.
by Joan Wink - 02-14-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, IJFLT (International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching), a fav journal, just published two recent (November 2016) videos from Steve Krashen.   Did I mention that IJFLT is, not only hot, but also free!

A Valentine's Greeting: Thank you, Krista Tippett
by Joan Wink - 02-14-2017
  Dear WinkWorld Readers,  Valentine's Day provides an opportunity for me to share one of my favorite radio shows, "On Being" with Krista Tippett, which is available every Sunday a.m. on NPR.  She always interviews a guest,

How are US Schools doing when compared with schools internationally?
by Joan Wink - 02-11-2017
Thank you, Katie Knox, for your drawing. Dear WinkWorld Readers, How are our schools doing when we compare them with schools from other countries? Fine. Just fine. It is a myth to think that our schools aren't doing well.  This myth

Verbal to Visual: Teachers, Students, Librarians, Readers, and Writers
by Joan Wink - 01-16-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Just a fast post to share a great example of how to jazz up Cornell Notes, have fun, and learn more deeply.  This video takes about 10 minutes: 5 minutes of ideas for 'how-to,' and 5 more minutes of an example from

Post-truth, Fake News, Elephants, and Stories
by Joan Wink - 01-08-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, I hate it that the Oxford Dictionary now even has a definition for 'post-truth,' which they have chosen as the 2016-word-of-the-year. They say that post-truth is “relating to or denoting circumstances in which

Road Warrior Literacy
by Joan Wink - 01-06-2017
Dear WinkWorld Readers, I gave myself a little break from writing and from social media during the holidays.  However, I'm back and working on the manuscript for "The Power of Story" forthcoming from Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO.  I

Flat Stanley, or Jaylee on a Journey with Joan
by Joan Wink - 11-21-2016
  Dear WinkWorld Readers, Some of you are aware of Flat Stanley and Flat Stella literacy and community project.  The primary purpose is to connect children and classrooms with others in other locations.  This international process began

Teaching as Mentoring.
by Joan Wink - 11-12-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Some of you may remember that last February I wrote a WinkWorld to honor the work of Richard Ruíz of the University of Arizona, who died suddenly and too soon.  Later in the year, I continued this writing and published a

Storytelling, Listening, and Love by Dr. Janet Towell
by Joan Wink - 10-25-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Some of you know my dear friend and colleague, Janet Towell, of Florida Atlantic University.  Janet and I taught together and laughed a lot at CSU Stanislaus. Enjoy what she just wrote yesterday after returning from the

GLAD: Guided Language Acquisition Design
by Joan Wink - 10-19-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, I have been revisiting Project GLAD and want to share a peak into the process.  First, I will generically describe this professional development, and then I will share two examples: one in English and one in French.

Spiral of Literacy with a New Blank Spiral for Your Own Use
by Joan Wink - 10-17-2016
Hi WinkWorld Readers, Previously, I have shared the Spiral of Literacy, which is a great, reflective activity.  However, I have never shared the blank spiral, which some of you might want to use for your own purposes. Click

In An Evil State, Far, Far Away
by Joan Wink - 10-14-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, I am inspired by Michelle Obama, to bring this true story back with the hope that it will help one woman find her own voice. It took me a long, long time. This is not a fast, easy read, and it took years for me to be

Libraries: What will they be like in 10 years?
by Joan Wink - 10-12-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, A blog from OnlineUniversities (April 24, 2012 by Staff Writers) predicts what libraries will be like in 10 years.  However, I am far more interested in what you think libraries will be like in 10 years.  I know you don't

Buffalo Roundup (9-30-2016)
by Joan Wink - 10-01-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently, we have focused on linguistics and language acquisition from Ruthie Wienk, and now we will jump right into the Buffalo Roundup 2016.  Diversity is the name of our game.  More information on this Round Up is

Language Acquisition: 3 perspectives by Ruthie Wienk
by Joan Wink - 09-27-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, You may remember that in a previous edition of WinkWorld, Ruthie Wienk shared her introduction to a linguistics class, which she is teaching.  We will continue with selected videos, which Ruthie is creating for

Translingualism from David Schwarzer
by Joan Wink - 09-23-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Some of you may remember that I recently posted Translanguaging: What In The World Is That?  After that was posted, I heard from a friend and colleague, who had more resources to share with us. Translingualism Resources

Paper or Pixel–Laptop or Longhand?
by Joan Wink - 09-22-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, This post is really for a group of friends/colleagues on Facebook, but this is just the easiest way for me to get this information to them. Stay with me; you will understand. First, I posted this on my FB

Ruthie Wienk, introductory presentation on linguistics
by Joan Wink - 09-16-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, In the last WinkWorld, I mentioned to you that we would begin a short series of selected videos from Ruthie Wienk who is teaching a linguistics class.  The videos were all created for this class.  To learn more about

Translanguaging? What in the world is that?
by Joan Wink - 09-13-2016
Hello, WinkWorld Readers, A few of you are as excited about translanguaging, as I.  In this post, I am including some resources which have come to me. First, my friend and  colleague, Ruthie Wienk, of South Dakota State University will be

I'm Back: UofA and Grambling Marching Bands
by Joan Wink - 09-10-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Forgive my absence. Let's just call it my summer vacation.  But, I'm back. In this WinkWorld, I want to share a bit of magic, which I experienced yesterday when the University of Arizona and the Grambling State

Palma de Mallorca, Spain July 2016
by Joan Wink - 07-10-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, On my morning walk today, I realized that the cathedral was on my right, and... and, the Mediterranean Sea was on my left. Next, I walked by some of my favorite windmills, which take me immediately to the

Link to Wink: 2010
by Joan Wink - 07-06-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, The series of chapter summaries on my book-in-progress has now been interrupted by my teaching international educators in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. This peak into my class is specifically for the teachers in my

Of Stories and Standards, ch 4 in the series
by Joan Wink - 06-30-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, The peak into my book-in-process continues. Briefly,  I have given you a glimpse into Chapter 1 (literacy), Chapter 2 (stories), and Chapter 3 (literacy stories).  In Chapter 4, I take on standards with stories about the

Animals & The Alphabet, ch 3 in the series
by Joan Wink - 06-27-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, In the first two chapters, we looked at literacy and stories, and now we are moving on to the 3rd chapter with some examples of each–surprising examples, I hope.  The purpose of chapter three is to highlight diverse paths

Loving Those Stories, Chapter Two (series: Update on My Writing)
by Joan Wink - 06-25-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, If you are following along in this series of blog posts, you will remember that Chapter One, Loving That Literacy focused on literacy stories. In this glimpse into Chapter Two, Loving Those Stories, I focus on the value of

Loving That Literacy, Chapter One (2nd part of Update on My Writing)
by Joan Wink - 06-23-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, This is the 2nd part of a glimpse into my work on the next book, which will focus on the power of story. Chapter One is entitled, "Loving That Literacy." The purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate the various paths

Update On My Writing:
by Joan Wink - 06-20-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, As some of you know, I am working on a new book about literacy stories. A few months ago, I gave you a little glimpse, Power UP: Book at a Glance http://www.joanwink.com/latest/power-up-book-at-a-glance/ This is

Joanne Yatvin: What We Want for Schools
by Joan Wink - 06-18-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, I am a long-time fan of Joanne Yatvin, who is a highly experienced teacher, principal, and superintendent. Now retired, she continues to share generously with her writing and speaking. Meet Joanne Yatvin

Free Online Books for Kids: Thanks, Jill Outka-Hill.
by Joan Wink - 06-17-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, No slip, sliding behind in reading this summer for your kids!  Here is a list of FREE online reading resources.  Thanks to Jill Outka-Hill, a teacher in WY, who shared with us. Sources for free fiction stories

What Diane Ravitch Would Say to Obama, Clinton, and Trump Today
by Joan Wink - 06-14-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, So, what should we do in K-12 schools today? Here are great ideas for your consideration. Thank you, Valerie Strauss for this terrific interview of Diane

Some resources on my webpages: Help yourselves, Teachers.
by Joan Wink - 06-06-2016
Dear WinkWorld  Readers, Here are some resources from my website. Help yourself. Can you tell that I am getting ready to teach in Palma, Mallorca? Joan   www.JoanWink.com Free To A Good

Steve Krashen by Deb Harrison
by Joan Wink - 06-03-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Deb Harrison is a teacher in WY, and while she was in my classes at BHSU, she put together a great collection of Stephen Krashen's contributions.  In my on-going attempt to organize and share treasures, which I have

Diary of a 50th Anniversary: June 4, 1966 to 2016
by Joan Wink - 05-31-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, We decided that the best 50th anniversary (June 4, 1966 to 2016)  for us would be to have time together. Here are a few of our happy memories during these past few days. Thursday, May 26 - 16 hour drive home from Santa

Dyslexia
by Joan Wink - 05-19-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Normally, in this blog, I try to share some little tidbit, often related to kids and cows, or pedagogy and prairies. However, in this issue, I am not sharing; rather, I am asking you to share.  In spite of the fact that I

The Wizard of Oz and a Cowboy
by Joan Wink - 05-11-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Some of you know that I am busy working on the next book, which will focus on literacy stories.  Here is a peak at the organization of the chapters. Chapter 1 Loving That Literacy Chapter 2 Loving Those

Karly on Krashen + video clip of 2 readers
by Joan Wink - 05-02-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, In this issue, I will share a product from my class at Black Hills State University (BHSU) this spring.  A teacher, Karly Cheney-Werner of Wyoming compiled this information based on a new Krashen video, the collective

Sonia Nieto: Language, Literacy, and Diversity (GCLR archive)
by Joan Wink - 04-28-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, In this issue, you will find the archive of Sonia Nieto speaking on Language, Literacy, and Diversity for Global Conversations in Literacy Research (GCLR), April 17,

Testing: Good News, Bad News, and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad News
by Joan Wink - 04-25-2016
Dear WinkWorld readers, I've got good news, bad news, and terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news. My question: Why do "reformers" think that we need to "standarize" kids?  The kids and grandkids in our family are not the least bit

Kitchen Calves
by Joan Wink - 04-16-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Today on the ranch.   I seem to remember reading some pesky memo, which said that I was to have my syllabus for my Mallorca class posted on Canvas by today.  No problem–I was making great progress, when

Post TESOL 2016 in Baltimore
by Joan Wink - 04-09-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, This post is primarily for my teacher friends and colleagues in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages).  Mostly, I am sharing photos to capture these happy memories. A few reflective comments follow the

TESOL: 1966 to 2016
by Joan Wink - 04-05-2016
Dear WinkWord Readers, This post is for all of my TESOL (Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages) friends and colleagues.  See you soon in Baltimore to celebrate 50 years of professional development and friendship.  Yes, I really did join TESOL

BEST 90th Birthday Party Ever
by Joan Wink - 04-03-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, In this edition, I will try to capture bit of magic: The 90th birthday party for Betty Jay, who has always been like my mother, since she and her husband, Bill, moved into our house, when I was 5-years-old to take care of

March Madness from Tammy McMorrow
by Joan Wink - 03-30-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Thank you, Tammy McMorrow, for sharing, yet another classroom treasure with us. Enjoy. March

Reflecting on My Birthday: 10 Years Cancer Free
by Joan Wink - 03-24-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, As someone once said to me, "I love your daughter's blog, but yours is all about learning."  I wasn't sure how to respond, but I could tell that the speaker meant no ill-will; none taken. Dawn Wink: Dewdrops. This

Hummingbirds
by Joan Wink - 03-18-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, We, prairie people, get really excited about hummingbirds, and with all of the news of the Tucson Festival of Books, I forgot to tell you that I found a nest right outside of my room on a branch at eye level.  At first the

Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB): Post Festival Reflections
by Joan Wink - 03-15-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, The Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB) ended yesterday with 140,000 of my best friends celebrating literacy.  I arrived on the University of Arizona campus Saturday 8 a.m. and finally left reluctantly after singing and

Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB)
by Joan Wink - 03-12-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, TFoB:  Life is just too short to ever miss this wonderful event where 10s of thousands of readers come to celebrate literacy.  Previously, I shared the 2014 Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB), when the participants numbered

Getting Books into The Hands of Kids (Week 9, sort of...)
by Joan Wink - 03-10-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Sometimes it just falls smack into your lap, when you least expect it.  I was beating myself up as I didn't have anything to post for Week 9, as the teachers just finished their midterm and are moving forward with

Week 8, 3.1: Critical Pedagogy: Notes from the Real World
by Joan Wink - 03-01-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, This week, the teachers have been playing with and reviewing some of the ideas found in Critical Pedagogy: Notes from the Real World (2011) from a PowerPoint, which I created. PART ONE PART TWO Help yourself to

The Chaos by Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité, 1922
by Joan Wink - 02-24-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, This one is just for fun.  Can you read this entire poem aloud? At the bottom of this post is also a recording of the poem being read by someone who really can read it without stumbling. Have fun. "The Chaos" by

Week 7: 2.23, Tech Tools and Voki
by Joan Wink - 02-23-2016
WinkWorld Readers, again this issue is for the teachers in my class, but you are more than welcome to come along for the ride.  Teachers, last week you explored new software, and it was great fun to see your creations. Below here, I will list

ESSA: What does it mean for kids and teachers?
by Joan Wink - 02-19-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readership, I know that many of us are trying to understand the new education bill, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which recently replaced NCLB and RttT (Race to the Top).  My initial understanding is that it is good for school

Week 6, 2.16, Krashen: Pulls it all together in 25 minutes.
by Joan Wink - 02-16-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, as you can guess, I am posting this for the teachers in my class, but any of you are free to watch and enjoy, too..... Teachers, here are some questions you might like to focus on as you watch: How are language acquisition

Of Books and Blogs
by Joan Wink - 02-15-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, I am often asked what I read. Here are a few blogs and books, which I am presently enjoying. BLOGS: Brain Pickings Cloaking Inequity The Treasure Hunter Mercedes Schneider Two  Writing Teachers Russ on

MHS in AZ: Making More Memories
by Joan Wink - 02-09-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, This issue of WW is especially for dear friends of many years ago.  Recently, a group of us from MHS suddenly and spontaneously all found ourselves laughing around the dining room table of Donna (Wessel) and Frank Durant

Week 5, 2.9, ZPD
by Joan Wink - 02-08-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Here we are again, but this one is for the teachers in my class.  I love it when their dialogue turns to concepts, which are not on the planned syllabus.  I love it when they go beyond.  No where on the syllabus did I

Week Four, 2.2.16 (Generative Learning)
by Joan Wink - 02-03-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, remember this one is for the teachers in my class.  Join us if you like. Class, in the past 3 weeks, we have focused on the BIG IDEAS of teaching and learning.  We have talked about transmission,

Does real reading really help real reading? The Book Whisperer answers.
by Joan Wink - 01-27-2016
Donalyn Miller generously shares her thoughts and a great overview of the research (if you must have it).  Or, just grab a book and see what happens. Thank you, Book

Week Three, 1.26.2016, The Big Ideas
by Joan Wink - 01-26-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, remember this is for my class.  No required reading for you.  "Please, please, please do not throw me into 'dat briar patch.'" To the teachers in our class. Many of you have been teaching for 1 to 10 years, and you

Why Stories? The Answer from Carmine Gallo
by Joan Wink - 01-21-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, I know that many of you are aware of this, but I wanted to share, in case anyone had missed it. I very much appreciate the permission from Carmine Gallo & his BrightSight Group to share with you.  I hope you enjoy

Week Two, 1.19.2016
by Joan Wink - 01-19-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, remember this is for my class, and you do not have to read it... Class, in what follows is a summary of what we will focus on for the next week.  Actually, we will refer back to these ideas for the entire

Fun With Words, Collective Nouns
by Joan Wink - 01-15-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, This post is specifically for teachers, who just want to have a little fun with words today in class. FUN WITH WORDS A bunch of kids A patch of menders A herd of horses A pack of dogs A gaggle of

Remember Those 2 Young Boys from the Congo?
by Joan Wink - 01-14-2016
Remember the two young boys from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who suddenly found themselves living with new families in a new country with a new language, new customs, new food...and, no

Class: Week One, The Heart and Soul of our Foundations Class
by Joan Wink - 01-14-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readers, please remember that this post is specifically for the teachers in my class at Black Hills State University (BHSU). Looking Backward 5 minutes This video is specifically for those in the English as a New Language (ENL)

How WinkWorld Will Change
by Joan Wink - 01-11-2016
Dear WinkWorld Readership, I have wanted to refer to my blog, as irreverent and irregular, but that is already taken: Alfie Kohn beat me to those two great descriptors. WinkWorld tends to be whatever is lying around my desktop or floating around

Power UP: Book-At-A-Glance
by Joan Wink - 01-08-2016
When I prepare to teach a class, I always like to create a document, which is labeled, Semester-At-A-Glance. Hopefully, this lets the students see where we are going and what we plan to do. As I am working on my next book, Power Up Literacy through

Baby Monet
by Joan Wink - 12-18-2015
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Let me introduce you to Baby Monet, 5 months old. Obviously, in the following photo, she is reading. Note her "pointing finger." In the following photo, you can see

Strega Nona, Atall School, & Country Kids
by Joan Wink - 12-16-2015
December 16, 2015 Dear WinkWorld Readers, If you follow this blog, you are aware that I love going to Atall School (a one-room country school) to read to the 13 students. In WinkWorld News, you  will find a previous Atall School posts. Click

Whatever Happened with Those 2 Boys from the Congo?
by Joan Wink - 11-23-2015
Dear WinkWorld Readers, You may remember a couple of weeks ago, I posted a blog about 2 boys from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who entered school in WY for the first time. Their earlier childhood years had been chaotic and tragic.

Krashen in 6 minutes–with our apologies to Steve for his vast contributions.
by Joan Wink - 11-14-2015
Dear WinkWorld Readers, As some of you know, Deb Harrison of Moorcroft WY teaches English to high school juniors and seniors. In addition, she is working on her English as  New Language (ENL) endorsement and her second masters' degree.  In my

The Power of Reading Is My Home Run Reading Book
by Joan Wink - 11-09-2015
Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently, Deb Harrison, a high school English teacher in WY and a graduate student in my class at Black Hills State University, turned in a rough draft of a story about the power of "The Power of Reading" by Steve Krashen.

Why stories? Ruthie and Regression Help Us Understand
by Joan Wink - 10-31-2015
October 30, 2015 Dear WinkWorld Readers, You may remember that recently, I asked the question: Why stories? I used the story of Violet, age 5, who was having a terrible time with her numbers to 100, until she could place them in a

2 New Students from the Congo
by Joan Wink - 10-23-2015
Dear WinkWorld Readers, I need  your help. Last night I received a question from a teacher in Wyoming, who had just learned that she will have 2 new students from the Congo; the boys have only been in the US about a week.  I do not know the

Critters, Polacco, Novak, & Atall
by Joan Wink - 10-22-2015
Dear WinkWorld Readership, Yesterday I drove to a local school, Atall, about 50 miles away to read a story, and I was stopped in my tracks by these critters. See Atall School here.   I waited until the cattle got by me, and

4 Questions about Stories
by Joan Wink - 10-20-2015
Dear WinkWorld Readers, In what follow, I will focus on 4 questions: What are stories?, What are your favorite stories?, Why do we use stories in class?, and How do we develop storytellers? If you would like to use these questions for your own

A Peek Into Our Class
by Joan Wink - 10-14-2015
Dear WinkWorld Readers, As some of you know, I continue to teach part-time in the English as a New Language (ENL) endorsement program at Black Hills State University (BHSU).  The teachers in the program come from various districts around the