I am writing in regards the WONDERFUL experience Warsaw's third graders had with our writer in residence, Kathleen Blasi. I have been a third grade teacher for the past three years and Ms. Blasi is the third different writer we've had come in. I must say, she will be coming back for years to come as long as she is part of the program! She spread her time over five weeks here, delivering one lesson a week to provide the kids time to work on the skill she taught. She delivered the material to the students in a way that got them excited to write! She really broke down the process of writing with them...starting from an idea that needed to grow to a final piece that they could be proud of! We had our sixth visit with her (she came back for a sixth one!) just to wrap up our time with a celebration day!
I cannot say enough good things about Kathleen as a presenter, an example, and a teacher. She did wonderful in meeting with each student and made special connections with each one. I just had to say how absolutely wonderful this experience was this year with Kathleen. We learned so much and look VERY FORWARD to having her come back with us again!
-Steve Baker, Teacher, Warsaw Elementary School
Kathy worked closely with me to develop an author residency for our third graders. It was fantastic! We created a writer's workshop mini-lesson, using examples from her work, student models, and brainstorming activities. She responded to the students with an intimate, personalized, highly meaningful dialogue and shared her personal writing experience with an openness and respect for the students. The staff really enjoyed it, too!
-Michele Linse, Victor PrimaryTeacher-Librarian
As part of our Children's Book Week activities, Kathy presented a program on what went into writing her children's book, A Name of Honor. Her slide show that chronicled the process from idea to finished product. It was a first-class program, informative and entertaining. She is a charming speaker, and everyone who attended enjoyed the evening immensely.
-Lynne Madden, Children's Specialist, Victor Free Library
Mrs. Blasi’s presentation to the fourth graders was curriculum-based. Relating the life cycle of a book to that of the life cycle of a butterfly connected the concept for our fourth graders. For our fifth graders, her reference to immigration was grade appropriate curriculum for them as well. The fifth graders were in the midst of preparing for the New York State Social Studies Exam. The presentation on immigration extended their learning.
-Mary Thomas, Principal, John Walton Spencer School, Rochester, NY
Fourth graders at St. Louis School enjoyed Mrs. Blasi’s well-organized presentation. Students learned first-hand about the steps in writing and revising. She also extended and personalized the social studies unit on immigration, with stories about her grandmother’s journey to America. The presentation was well-received and appreciated.
-Christine Brizee, Teacher, St. Louis School, Pittsford, NY
Thank you, Mrs. Blasi, for joining us on our Day of Exploring! The children gained so much from meeting you and hearing you speak of what takes to be an author. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and expertise.
-Howard Enis, Library Media Specialist, Cosgrove Middle School, Spencerport, NY