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    Confessions of a Podcast Nerd: “Check This Out”
    by Joan Wink – November 5, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I confess, I am a podcast nerd.  I have been planning to share with you some of […]

    Just Some Books Lying Around Here
    by Joan Wink – October 29, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers,  We have just returned to the SD ranch from AZ, and I was not sure what I should write […]

    What is the idea generator? Part Two
    by Joan Wink – October 8, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, In the previous issue of WinkWorld, I told a story about the idea generator (see bottom of this […]

    What is the idea generator? Part One
    by Joan Wink – September 25, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, In a previous WinkWorld (posted below) I mentioned the idea generator when writing about Lisa and Chyllis and the Becoming a Better […]

    Anita Hill: A Personal Thank You
    by Joan Wink – September 19, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, If you are a reader of WinkWorld, you know that I promised a story about the idea […]

    Chyllis, A Special Project Inspired By Lisa
    by Joan Wink – September 16, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, This one is mostly for teachers and teacher educators.  You may remember my former student, Lisa, who […]

    Janet Visits the Prairies
    by Joan Wink – September 8, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Janet Towell is a dear friend from my CA days.  Our offices were right beside each other, and we […]

    Riding Horses to the First Day of School: Hereford (K-8) School
    by Joan Wink – August 29, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, We often read in the academic literature that schools of the future will thrive if they also serve […]

    Library Resources for the Mainstream Teacher (or, any of us)
    by Joan Wink – August 27, 2018

      Dear WinkWorld Readers, Linda Huff, a teacher in Texas, was kind enough to share a short story about when […]

    Shadowing a Student: What, Why, How
    by Joan Wink – August 22, 2018

    Hi WinkWorld Readers, Teachers and Teacher Educators, this one is really for you. About 6 months ago, a colleague, Beth […]

    Many Ways to Begin the School Year: Annie, Missy, and Tammy
    by Joan Wink – August 19, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, There are many great ways to begin a new school year, and I hope you will share your […]

    Comprehensible and Compelling by Krashen, Lee, Lao (2018): My Review
    by Joan Wink – August 18, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Teachers, family members with kids in schools, and all people interested in literacy and learning: This one is for […]

    Those People
    by Joan Wink – August 15, 2018

    Dear WinkWord Readers, A group of graduate students and I wrote and published this piece, Those People, in 1997.  Sadly, […]

    State Mandated Tests: Which Do You Choose?
    by Joan Wink – August 2, 2018

    Hey Teacher Friends and Families with Kids in Schools, This WinkWorld is for you.   IF you could choose which test to […]

    by Joan Wink – July 23, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Dawn, our daughter, just wrote on her blog, DewDrops, about our branding in late May.  These memories […]

    Literacy, Part 3: Reading the Word and the World.
    by Joan Wink – July 21, 2018

      Dear WinkWorld Readers, In the previous two posts on literacy*, I wrote about newer perspectives on literacy.  We used to […]

    Danger: Slip, sliding into the dreaded Summer Slump
    by Joan Wink – July 14, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Beware the Summer (reading) Slump!  Don’t let it happen to you and yours. Just grab a book, kick […]

    Part Two: What is literacy?
    by Joan Wink – July 8, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, In my previous short blog post (What is literacy?), I mentioned that 3 different groups had asked me lots […]

    What is literacy?
    by Joan Wink – July 4, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers,  In the past month, I have been asked by 3 different groups: What is literacy?  I suspect […]

    Tammy’s Professional Reading: 41 Professional Books this Summer
    by Joan Wink – June 29, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, In the last WinkWorld, I wrote about Lisa, who read 2,684 picture books during the last academic […]

    Lisa, You Read 2,648 Picture Books This Year? Tell Us More.
    by Joan Wink – June 24, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers,  Lisa MacKenzie-Miller of CA, a former graduate student, posted on social media that she had read 2,648 books during […]

    Why read? Rosie Rae and “Russ on Reading” Have the Answer
    by Joan Wink – June 19, 2018

      Dear WinkWorld Readers, Russ Walsh (Russ on Reading) and Rosie Ray, 4th grade student, tell us how to encourage reading […]

    TAA (Texbook & Academic Authors Association)
    by Joan Wink – June 18, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, For years, my dear friend and colleague, Dr. Pam Sharpe, has told me to join TAA, and for […]

    Synergy Is Synergy: Joan Sandin, Sister Bourne, & A Night-blooming Cereus
    by Joan Wink – June 8, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, On my walk to the University of Arizona this morning, I re-learned that “synergy is synergy,” as my colleague […]

    Branding and the Day After
    by Joan Wink – May 28, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers For my non-prairie friends, the annual branding is a big day in the year.  Branding Day Here […]

    Sanford Underground Research Facility: a.k.a., Grampy’s Old Homestake Mine
    by Joan Wink – May 25, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Well, Homestake Mine of Lead, SD wasn’t really Grampy’s, but I did believe that he was the most […]

    Why a School Is Not a Business
    by Joan Wink – May 18, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, A special THANK YOU to Jaime Volmer for sharing this story about blueberries with us.  It might […]

    Why humanities?
    by Joan Wink – May 11, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently, I read several articles about tech companies searching to hire humanities graduates. I will post a […]

    Research Rapture and The Din In The Head
    by Joan Wink – May 2, 2018

    Thank you to Katie Knox for the images. Dear WinkWorld Readers, I am playing with several new ideas (ok, researching) […]

    Kelly’s Petting Zoo
    by Joan Wink – April 15, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld, Readers, you know that my blog tends to be whatever is hanging out on my desktop or in my […]

    TESOL 2018, Biliteracy: Our Best Bet
    by Joan Wink – March 28, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers,  TESOL 2018 friends, this one is for you.  Dawn and I will be sharing during PreK-12 Day. […]

    Dawn’s Review of “The Power of Story,” Part Two
    by Joan Wink – March 25, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, It is humbling to read this 2nd review by Dawn Wink of my new book, The Power of Story. […]

    Thank you, Perry Gilmore: Kisisi
    by Joan Wink – March 6, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, What in the world is Kisisi? It is an invented language between two little five-year-old boys, one, […]

    Dawn Wink on “The Power of Story”
    by Joan Wink – March 3, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, So yesterday morning, I got up to this surprise on my Facebook (FB) feed.  #speechless #humbled   And, […]

    An Effective Principal in Action
    by Joan Wink – February 28, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, This week I am in Las Vegas, working with colleagues at a school and also presenting at a […]

    Mentoring: Our Academic Family Tree
    by Joan Wink – February 22, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Forgive all of my back-to-back burst of blog posts.  You can probably tell that I am getting ready […]

    Prairie Pedagogy: A Story about a Bromeliad and a Geranium
    by Joan Wink –

    Dear WinkWorld Readers,  Previously, I wrote about the scientific method which is being used in a rural school near us.  You […]

    Storytelling as Research: A Bibliography
    by Joan Wink – February 21, 2018

      Dear WinkWorld Readers, The beauty of a blog is that you can read, whenever you have time or interest. […]

    If You Don’t Know the Prairies: A Story
    by Joan Wink – February 20, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, We tried something new when the blizzard was about ready to hit us here on the prairies. […]

    More Treasures
    by Joan Wink – February 19, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently, I posted some treasures* which we found while cleaning out boxes, cubbies, closets, etc.  Well, it […]

    So, This Just Happened
    by Joan Wink – February 14, 2018

    So, WinkWorld Readers, this just happened.  Wink has been cleaning out the garage and hauling in filthy boxes, which neither of […]

    Dawn Doig: Three New Children’s Books
    by Joan Wink – February 12, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Dawn Doig is a former graduate student who was in one of classes in Mallorca Spain during […]

    Back to Robert Frost
    by Joan Wink – February 8, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently I posted a blog about Robert Frost, in which I visited a school and read the […]

    These Hot Springs readers are hot, hot, hot.
    by Joan Wink – February 1, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Often times, readers of WinkWorld will share with me privately and not in our comment section.  No […]

    Nadifa: An Interview by KELO.
    by Joan Wink – January 27, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently, I posted a short piece about Nadifa, and I’m thrilled that she has now been interviewed […]

    Lisa Westbrook: How/why to spiral bind a book
    by Joan Wink – January 26, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Lisa Westbrook, a colleague and friend from TX, wrote to me about her Mystery Red Books Bookshelf.  […]

    Reading For Meaning: The BEST 12 Minute Video of your Day
    by Joan Wink – January 22, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Please find 12 minutes to relax and watch this video from Debbie Stone Bruell.  She has taken […]

    Display of Data or Doodles?
    by Joan Wink – January 17, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently, I posted a Steve Krashen (2005) article about what good writers (GWs) do, and what good […]

    Jack Frost or Robert Frost?
    by Joan Wink – January 15, 2018

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, In December, I went to one of our local* rural schools on the prairies to read some […]

    Krashen: How good writers, write.
    by Joan Wink – January 2, 2018

    (pens/pencils from Dreamstime, 60890206)   Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently,  Steve Krashen reminded me of a paper he had published in […]

    Krashen/McQuillan (2018). Should we encourage e-reading? (in press)
    by Joan Wink – December 28, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I am sharing this one with permission.  Happy Reading, Everyone. Krashen 2018 Should we encourage e-reading? This […]

    The Harvest of my Career: And, a Refugee from Chad
    by Joan Wink – December 17, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, The harvest of my career: This is how I think of my time on the Board of Regents in South […]

    A Creative Table of Contents: Missy and Susan
    by Joan Wink – December 9, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, As I mentioned in the previous WinkWorld, people begin to create amazing gifts to give to an […]

    The Good and the Bad of Publishing a Book: My Mighty Marketing Team
    by Joan Wink – December 4, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, There is such joy in finishing a book and finally holding it in your hands.  The good […]

    “The Power of Story” Is Now Available
    by Joan Wink – November 27, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, The birthing of a new book: There is just nothing quite like it.  After months/years of musing, […]

    Name Dropped from WinkWorld Readership
    by Joan Wink – November 14, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I have recently learned that the software for WinkWorld dropped a few names from the readership.  I […]

    The Price of Books
    by Joan Wink – November 11, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers,   Steve Krashen has warned us about pricing ourselves out of the market, if our books are long, boring, […]

    A great trip to AZ and CA
    by Joan Wink – October 22, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I’ve been lucky to enjoy a couple of great trips the last month. First, I went to California […]

    DSU: What does a cyber attack look like?
    by Joan Wink – October 16, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers Did you ever wonder what a cyber attack looks like? Dakota State University has an wall-sized monitor […]

    Linda Darling-Hammond to you from Diane Ravitch
    by Joan Wink – October 13, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Diane Ravitch is generously sharing with all of us the opportunity to hear Linda Darling-Hammond, October 19, […]

    Judith Green: Ethnography
    by Joan Wink – October 10, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I am still lucky enough to work with a few doc students, and this post is specifically […]

    Prairie Pedagogy: The Scientific Method
    by Joan Wink – October 7, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers,  The following story is about the Scientific Method and some of my pitiful house plants.  I realize that in […]

    Project GLAD(R): See you soon!
    by Joan Wink – September 29, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld readers, soon I will be teaching/learning with a marvelous group of Project GLAD(R) teachers of Orange Country Office of […]

    Prairie Pedagogy: Scones and Croquet
    by Joan Wink – September 25, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, if you follow this blog, you know that I love to visit Atall School, which is a rural […]

    Chicken Little Was Right.
    by Joan Wink – August 31, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Sometimes the roles of writer, rancher, and/or professor blur a bit–for example, today. I got up early again […]

    Bilingual Bibliography
    by Joan Wink – August 23, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, As you know, WinkWorld tends to be whatever is lying around on my desk or my computer […]

    Dakota State University: Small, but Mighty
    by Joan Wink – August 19, 2017

      Dear WinkWorld Readers, As part of the South Dakota Board of Regents, I get to work with very good people on […]

    Sing it, Reba. Thank you, Patricia Polacco.
    by Joan Wink – August 16, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, sing it, wherever you are.   I would not have known about this song without the wisdom and […]

    STEM Crisis? What is the evidence?
    by Joan Wink –

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Sometimes this blog has tidbits which interest some of you.  Sometimes, not so much.  However, WinkWorld also […]

    A Morning Walk on the Prairies
    by Joan Wink – August 7, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Just a little glimpse into one morning last week on the ranch. First, I did my 6 […]

    Scaffolding with Students: What? Why? How?
    by Joan Wink – August 6, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, A colleague and I were discussing scaffolding, which led me to review some of my materials.  The […]

    Whole Language Umbrella, Tucson 2017
    by Joan Wink – July 24, 2017

    It happened: I hit PUBLISH after the draft only version.  Every blogger’s worse nightmare. Forgive me. I’ll edit and be […]

    The Power of Story Chapter Seven
    by Joan Wink – July 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 […]

    The Power of Story Chapter Six
    by Joan Wink –

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Here we go with a peak into chapter six, Into the Clouds.  This is the pixel or paper chapter. I […]

    The Power of Story Chapter Five
    by Joan Wink – July 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 […]

    The Power of Story Chapter Four
    by Joan Wink –

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Here we go with a glimpse into chapter four, High-Stakes Stories.  Remember all of those feel-good stories of the […]

    The Power of Story Chapter Three
    by Joan Wink – July 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 […]

    The Power of Story: Chapter Two
    by Joan Wink – July 18, 2017

    Hi WinkWorld Readers,  I am still sitting here working on copy edits and sharing a bit as I go. Here is a […]

    The Power of Story: Chapter One
    by Joan Wink –

    OK, WinkWorld Readers, here is a little overview of chapter one, as I finish the copy edit for this section. […]

    The Power of Story: Preface
    by Joan Wink –

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, As I mentioned in an earlier blog posting this a.m., I am in the midst of a copy […]

    Hunkered Down on My Dear Desert
    by Joan Wink – July 17, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Time to hunkered down on my dear desert and begin/end all of the copy edits from the book […]

    Prairie Pedagogy: Trailin Talks Trucks
    by Joan Wink – July 10, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers,  If you have been following my blog, you are aware that one book project, “The Power of Story” […]

    The Power of Story (my next book)
    by Joan Wink – July 2, 2017

    Hey WinkWorld Readers, Look what I just found on my publisher’s webpages; I had not yet seen this cover.  The […]

    Prairie Pedagogy: Paul Interviews Missy
    by Joan Wink – May 10, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Meet the wonderful Atall School (K-8) of Meade County, South Dakota.  As some of you know, I […]

    Personalized Learning = CBE: Ka-ching.
    by Joan Wink – April 26, 2017

      Dear WinkWorld Readers, What in the world is personalized learning?  It sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Be careful.  I have […]

    What is the ZPD? Or, How To Clean A White Board, or Mumbo Jumbo Theory
    by Joan Wink – April 12, 2017

      Dear WinkWorld Readers, I was recently reminded of this story, which was published originally in “A Vision of Vygotsky,” […]

    Steven M. Singer: Kids are a captive market for the testing industry.
    by Joan Wink – April 11, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers,  In the previous WinkWorld, I shared Nancy Bailey’s thoughts on what happens when librarians are replaced by computers. […]

    Nancy Bailey: Librarians or Computers?
    by Joan Wink – April 10, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I rarely repost another’s blog, as there is already access for all.  However, recently, there have been […]

    Reading During the Testing Season
    by Joan Wink – April 8, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, This post is for all the teachers who are slogging through testing season.  Teachers, I know you […]

    Those People: You Know How They Are
    by Joan Wink – March 30, 2017

      Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently, while working on a project with CO colleagues, I came across this long-forgotten article buried deep […]

    Pre-K Babes Who Speak Other Languages at Home: What do we do?
    by Joan Wink – February 18, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers,  A colleague in Colorado invited me to work with her during an online inservice in late March. The participants […]

    IJFLT Shares Recent Stephen D. Krashen Videos.
    by Joan Wink – February 14, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, IJFLT (International Journal of Foreign Language Teaching), a fav journal, just published two recent (November 2016) videos from Steve […]

    A Valentine’s Greeting: Thank you, Krista Tippett
    by Joan Wink –

      Dear WinkWorld Readers,  Valentine’s Day provides an opportunity for me to share one of my favorite radio shows, “On […]

    How are US Schools doing when compared with schools internationally?
    by Joan Wink – February 11, 2017

    Thank you, Katie Knox, for your drawing. Dear WinkWorld Readers, How are our schools doing when we compare them with […]

    Verbal to Visual: Teachers, Students, Librarians, Readers, and Writers
    by Joan Wink – January 16, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Just a fast post to share a great example of how to jazz up Cornell Notes, have […]

    Post-truth, Fake News, Elephants, and Stories
    by Joan Wink – January 8, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I hate it that the Oxford Dictionary now even has a definition for ‘post-truth,’ which they have chosen as […]

    Road Warrior Literacy
    by Joan Wink – January 6, 2017

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I gave myself a little break from writing and from social media during the holidays.  However, I’m […]

    Flat Stanley, or Jaylee on a Journey with Joan
    by Joan Wink – November 21, 2016

      Dear WinkWorld Readers, Some of you are aware of Flat Stanley and Flat Stella literacy and community project.  The […]

    Teaching as Mentoring.
    by Joan Wink – November 12, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Some of you may remember that last February I wrote a WinkWorld to honor the work of […]

    Storytelling, Listening, and Love by Dr. Janet Towell
    by Joan Wink – October 25, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Some of you know my dear friend and colleague, Janet Towell, of Florida Atlantic University.  Janet and […]

    GLAD: Guided Language Acquisition Design
    by Joan Wink – October 19, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I have been revisiting Project GLAD and want to share a peak into the process.  First, I will […]

    Spiral of Literacy with a New Blank Spiral for Your Own Use
    by Joan Wink – October 17, 2016

    Hi WinkWorld Readers, Previously, I have shared the Spiral of Literacy, which is a great, reflective activity.  However, I have […]

    In An Evil State, Far, Far Away
    by Joan Wink – October 14, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I am inspired by many women to bring this true story back with the hope that it […]

    Libraries: What will they be like in 10 years?
    by Joan Wink – October 12, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, A blog from OnlineUniversities (April 24, 2012 by Staff Writers) predicts what libraries will be like in […]

    Buffalo Roundup (9-30-2016)
    by Joan Wink – October 1, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently, we have focused on linguistics and language acquisition from Ruthie Wienk, and now we will jump […]

    Language Acquisition: 3 perspectives by Ruthie Wienk
    by Joan Wink – September 27, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, You may remember that in a previous edition of WinkWorld, Ruthie Wienk shared her introduction to a linguistics […]

    Translingualism from David Schwarzer
    by Joan Wink – September 23, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Some of you may remember that I recently posted Translanguaging: What In The World Is That?  After that […]

    Paper or Pixel–Laptop or Longhand?
    by Joan Wink – September 22, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, This post is really for a group of friends/colleagues on Facebook, but this is just the easiest […]

    Ruthie Wienk, introductory presentation on linguistics
    by Joan Wink – September 16, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, In the last WinkWorld, I mentioned to you that we would begin a short series of selected videos from […]

    Translanguaging? What in the world is that?
    by Joan Wink – September 13, 2016

    Hello, WinkWorld Readers, A few of you are as excited about translanguaging, as I.  In this post, I am including some […]

    I’m Back: UofA and Grambling Marching Bands
    by Joan Wink – September 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 […]

    Palma de Mallorca, Spain July 2016
    by Joan Wink – July 10, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, On my morning walk today, I realized that the cathedral was on my right, and… and, the […]

    Link to Wink: 2010
    by Joan Wink – July 6, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, The series of chapter summaries on my book-in-progress has now been interrupted by my teaching international educators […]

    Of Stories and Standards, ch 4 in the series
    by Joan Wink – June 30, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, The peak into my book-in-process continues. Briefly,  I have given you a glimpse into Chapter 1 (literacy), […]

    Animals & The Alphabet, ch 3 in the series
    by Joan Wink – June 27, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, In the first two chapters, we looked at literacy and stories, and now we are moving on […]

    Loving Those Stories, Chapter Two (series: Update on My Writing)
    by Joan Wink – June 25, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, If you are following along in this series of blog posts, you will remember that Chapter One, Loving […]

    Loving That Literacy, Chapter One (2nd part of Update on My Writing)
    by Joan Wink – June 23, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, This is the 2nd part of a glimpse into my work on the next book, which will […]

    Update On My Writing:
    by Joan Wink – June 20, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, As some of you know, I am working on a new book about literacy stories. A few […]

    Joanne Yatvin: What We Want for Schools
    by Joan Wink – June 18, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I am a long-time fan of Joanne Yatvin, who is a highly experienced teacher, principal, and superintendent. […]

    Free Online Books for Kids: Thanks, Jill Outka-Hill.
    by Joan Wink – June 17, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, No slip, sliding behind in reading this summer for your kids!  Here is a list of FREE […]

    What Diane Ravitch Would Say to Obama, Clinton, and Trump Today
    by Joan Wink – June 14, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, So, what should we do in K-12 schools today? Here are great ideas for your consideration. Thank you, […]

    Some resources on my webpages: Help yourselves, Teachers.
    by Joan Wink – June 6, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld  Readers, Here are some resources from my website. Help yourself. Can you tell that I am getting ready […]

    Steve Krashen by Deb Harrison
    by Joan Wink – June 3, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Deb Harrison is a teacher in WY, and while she was in my classes at BHSU, she […]

    Diary of a 50th Anniversary: June 4, 1966 to 2016
    by Joan Wink – May 31, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, We decided that the best 50th anniversary (June 4, 1966 to 2016)  for us would be to […]

    Dyslexia
    by Joan Wink – May 19, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Normally, in this blog, I try to share some little tidbit, often related to kids and cows, […]

    The Wizard of Oz and a Cowboy
    by Joan Wink – May 11, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Some of you know that I am busy working on the next book, which will focus on […]

    Karly on Krashen + video clip of 2 readers
    by Joan Wink – May 2, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, In this issue, I will share a product from my class at Black Hills State University (BHSU) this […]

    Sonia Nieto: Language, Literacy, and Diversity (GCLR archive)
    by Joan Wink – April 28, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, In this issue, you will find the archive of Sonia Nieto speaking on Language, Literacy, and Diversity […]

    Testing: Good News, Bad News, and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad News
    by Joan Wink – April 25, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld readers, I’ve got good news, bad news, and terrible, horrible, no good, very bad news. My question: Why do […]

    Kitchen Calves
    by Joan Wink – April 16, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Today on the ranch.   I seem to remember reading some pesky memo, which said that I […]

    Post TESOL 2016 in Baltimore
    by Joan Wink – April 9, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, This post is primarily for my teacher friends and colleagues in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers […]

    TESOL: 1966 to 2016
    by Joan Wink – April 5, 2016

    Dear WinkWord Readers, This post is for all of my TESOL (Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages) friends and colleagues.  See […]

    BEST 90th Birthday Party Ever
    by Joan Wink – April 3, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, In this edition, I will try to capture bit of magic: The 90th birthday party for Betty Jay, […]

    March Madness from Tammy McMorrow
    by Joan Wink – March 30, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Thank you, Tammy McMorrow, for sharing, yet another classroom treasure with us. Enjoy. March Madness  

    Reflecting on My Birthday: 10 Years Cancer Free
    by Joan Wink – March 24, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, As someone once said to me, “I love your daughter’s blog, but yours is all about learning.”  I […]

    Hummingbirds
    by Joan Wink – March 18, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, We, prairie people, get really excited about hummingbirds, and with all of the news of the Tucson Festival […]

    Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB): Post Festival Reflections
    by Joan Wink – March 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 […]

    Tucson Festival of Books (TFoB)
    by Joan Wink – March 12, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, TFoB:  Life is just too short to ever miss this wonderful event where 10s of thousands of […]

    Getting Books into The Hands of Kids (Week 9, sort of…)
    by Joan Wink – March 10, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Sometimes it just falls smack into your lap, when you least expect it.  I was beating myself […]

    Week 8, 3.1: Critical Pedagogy: Notes from the Real World
    by Joan Wink – March 1, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, This week, the teachers have been playing with and reviewing some of the ideas found in Critical Pedagogy: […]

    The Chaos by Dr. Gerard Nolst Trenité, 1922
    by Joan Wink – February 24, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, This one is just for fun.  Can you read this entire poem aloud? At the bottom of […]

    Week 7: 2.23, Tech Tools and Voki
    by Joan Wink – February 23, 2016

    WinkWorld Readers, again this issue is for the teachers in my class, but you are more than welcome to come […]

    ESSA: What does it mean for kids and teachers?
    by Joan Wink – February 19, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readership, I know that many of us are trying to understand the new education bill, Every Student Succeeds […]

    Week 6, 2.16, Krashen: Pulls it all together in 25 minutes.
    by Joan Wink – February 16, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, as you can guess, I am posting this for the teachers in my class, but any of […]

    Of Books and Blogs
    by Joan Wink – February 15, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I am often asked what I read. Here are a few blogs and books, which I am […]

    MHS in AZ: Making More Memories
    by Joan Wink – February 9, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, This issue of WW is especially for dear friends of many years ago.  Recently, a group of […]

    Week 5, 2.9, ZPD
    by Joan Wink – February 8, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Here we are again, but this one is for the teachers in my class.  I love it […]

    Week Four, 2.2.16 (Generative Learning)
    by Joan Wink – February 3, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, remember this one is for the teachers in my class.  Join us if you like. Class, in […]

    Does real reading really help real reading? The Book Whisperer answers.
    by Joan Wink – January 27, 2016

    Donalyn Miller generously shares her thoughts and a great overview of the research (if you must have it).  Or, just […]

    Week Three, 1.26.2016, The Big Ideas
    by Joan Wink – January 26, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, remember this is for my class.  No required reading for you.  “Please, please, please do not throw […]

    Why Stories? The Answer from Carmine Gallo
    by Joan Wink – January 21, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I know that many of you are aware of this, but I wanted to share, in case […]

    Week Two, 1.19.2016
    by Joan Wink – January 19, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, remember this is for my class, and you do not have to read it… Class, in what […]

    Fun With Words, Collective Nouns
    by Joan Wink – January 15, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, This post is specifically for teachers, who just want to have a little fun with words today […]

    Remember Those 2 Young Boys from the Congo?
    by Joan Wink – January 14, 2016

    Remember the two young boys from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), who suddenly found themselves living with new […]

    Class: Week One, The Heart and Soul of our Foundations Class
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    Dear WinkWorld Readers, please remember that this post is specifically for the teachers in my class at Black Hills State […]

    How WinkWorld Will Change
    by Joan Wink – January 11, 2016

    Dear WinkWorld Readership, I have wanted to refer to my blog, as irreverent and irregular, but that is already taken: […]

    Power UP: Book-At-A-Glance
    by Joan Wink – January 8, 2016

    When I prepare to teach a class, I always like to create a document, which is labeled, Semester-At-A-Glance. Hopefully, this […]

    Baby Monet
    by Joan Wink – December 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 […]

    Strega Nona, Atall School, & Country Kids
    by Joan Wink – December 16, 2015

    December 16, 2015 Dear WinkWorld Readers, If you follow this blog, you are aware that I love going to Atall […]

    Whatever Happened with Those 2 Boys from the Congo?
    by Joan Wink – November 23, 2015

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, You may remember a couple of weeks ago, I posted a blog about 2 boys from the Democratic Republic […]

    Krashen in 6 minutes–with our apologies to Steve for his vast contributions.
    by Joan Wink – November 14, 2015

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, As some of you know, Deb Harrison of Moorcroft WY teaches English to high school juniors and […]

    The Power of Reading Is My Home Run Reading Book
    by Joan Wink – November 9, 2015

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently, Deb Harrison, a high school English teacher in WY and a graduate student in my class […]

    Why stories? Ruthie and Regression Help Us Understand
    by Joan Wink – October 31, 2015

    October 30, 2015 Dear WinkWorld Readers, You may remember that recently, I asked the question: Why stories? I used the […]

    2 New Students from the Congo
    by Joan Wink – October 23, 2015

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, I need  your help. Last night I received a question from a teacher in Wyoming, who had […]

    Critters, Polacco, Novak, & Atall
    by Joan Wink – October 22, 2015

    Dear WinkWorld Readership, Yesterday I drove to a local school, Atall, about 50 miles away to read a story, and […]

    4 Questions about Stories
    by Joan Wink – October 20, 2015

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, In what follow, I will focus on 4 questions: What are stories?, What are your favorite stories?, […]

    A Peek Into Our Class
    by Joan Wink – October 14, 2015

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, As some of you know, I continue to teach part-time in the English as a New Language […]

    Buffalo: Custer State Park, SD
    by Joan Wink – September 28, 2015

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Normally, I share something for teachers and/or teacher educators, but in this issue I will share something for […]

    Krashen videos: Update
    by Joan Wink – September 26, 2015

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, In the previous WinkWorld, I shared a Word doc, created by Deb Harrison, which shared several of Krashen’s […]

    Krashen, Harrison, and Wink videos
    by Joan Wink – September 22, 2015

    September 22, 2015 Dear WinkWorld Readers, This WinkWorld edition is primarily for those interested in literacy and language acquisition.  First, […]

    Intentional and Incidental Learning
    by Joan Wink – September 3, 2015

    WinkWorld September 2, 2015 Dear WinkWorld readership, Now that the school year has begun, I want to return to my […]

    Why Stories?
    by Joan Wink – June 15, 2015

    I have been thinking a lot about stories lately. Why is it that we love to hear a good story? […]

    Socrates Returns to the Classroom
    by Joan Wink – June 11, 2015

    I have written and presented on the reflective cycle or Socratic teaching and learning in various places. If you are […]

    Summer Reading: Get Your Free Book Here
    by Joan Wink – June 7, 2015

    June 6, 2015 No slip, sliding into the summer slump–the reading slump, that is. Families and teachers often worry about […]

    Reflection: Not About a Cow
    by Joan Wink – May 28, 2015

    Today when I was out for my morning walk, I came upon this particular heifer. This made me think that […]

    My Reading of “Book With No Pictures”
    by Joan Wink – April 21, 2015

    Atall School Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak Recently, I again visited some of my favorite kids in the whole […]

    Thank you, IASL.
    by Joan Wink – April 15, 2015

    Thank you to IASL (International Association of  School Librarians) for the invitation to come to Austin to share some of […]

    Literacy and Love Last: Darcie, One of The Benson Kids
    by Joan Wink – March 30, 2015

    WinkWorld March 30, 2015   Dear WinkWorld Readership, Much of what I know about teaching and learning, I learned from The […]

    Tucson Festival of Books: WOW
    by Joan Wink – March 28, 2015

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, Recently, I attended the Tucson Festival of Books, and once again, it was an amazing group of […]

    Books Beget Books: Burnett Did This to Me
    by Joan Wink – March 3, 2015

    Dear WinkWorld Readers, this post is a bit longer than I usually post: Here, I have the equivalent of 3 […]

    Poe and Powtoons
    by Joan Wink – February 26, 2015

      I love it when teachers and students in various classes find unique ways to solve problems. For example, last […]

    No Cow Left Behind
    by Joan Wink – February 24, 2015

    This idea was originally written by Ken Remsen, a school principal from Vermont, and was based on farming and falling […]

    The Passing of Richard Ruíz of the University of Arizona
    by Joan Wink – February 11, 2015

    February 10, 2015 We are saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of Dr. Richard Ruíz, who had a long […]

    Joan’s YouTube Videos, Language Acquisition
    by Joan Wink – February 3, 2015

    The following videos were created between 2011 and 2014 for specific graduate classes with the support of Cal State Stanislaus […]

    Oh Fudge
    by Joan Wink – January 28, 2015

    WinkWorld “I love your fudge recipe,” Josie said to me. “May I have it?” “Sure, I’ve got the recipe in […]

    WinkWorld: Teachers Sharing Diverse Projects
    by Joan Wink – January 20, 2015

    One of my great joys of retirement is that I get to work with local teachers in various contexts. In […]

    WinkWorld: Teachers Sharing Diverse Projects
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    January 20, 2015 One of my great joys of retirement is that I get to work with local teachers in […]

    WinkWorld: Change is hard.
    by Joan Wink – December 31, 2014

    The Problem: Change. In 2014 I changed from the more static electronic newsletter, WinkWorld, to the more interactive blog, The […]

    The Benson Kids
    by Joan Wink – October 14, 2014

    Much of what I know about teaching and learning, I learned from The Benson Kids in the late 1970s and […]

    Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association
    by Joan Wink – September 29, 2014

    NRMERA Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association Historic Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, SD October 1-4, 2014 Theme of Conference: […]

    A Dynamite Dinosaur Day, 9.14.2014
    by Joan Wink – September 15, 2014

    66 million years ago, or so the story goes, dinosaurs roamed South Dakota. (Actually, I was not there, so I […]

    A brief glimpse of Mallorca, Spain
    by Joan Wink – July 16, 2014

    Best Gig in the World: Teaching/learning with international teachers in Mallorca. Our class of 24 active and engaged teachers represent […]

    The Problem & The Fix: Broken Waterlines
    by Joan Wink – June 30, 2014

    You may have heard of all of flooding and erosion near our ranch. For example, the primary East/West road (Highway […]

    Arne Duncan and a Little Girl, named, “Susan”
    by Joan Wink – April 21, 2014

    Today I read that Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, dismisses those who question Common Core and Smarter Balanced Assessments as […]

    WinkWorld, March 2014, is published.
    by Joan Wink – March 6, 2014

    The latest WinkWorld (March 2014) has gone out to my readership list. In addition, it is linked to FB, Twitter, […]

    WinkWorld is back.
    by Joan Wink – January 15, 2014

    Hello Friends, I have made some major changes on my webpages, which will hopefully feel seamless for you. Previously, WinkWorld […]

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