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Betty Schultze

Betty can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a teacher. "I wanted to have a big red pen and mark papers when I was in third grade, and when I was a young adult I knew that working with children would make me happy—and it has! I love making children smile and I love that look of concentration and pleasure that comes when they first try something new and find out they can do it."

Betty was born in Bella Coola, British Columbia, and holds a bachelor's degree in education and a special education diploma. She has thirty years' experience in kindergarten and primary classrooms, in learning-assistance positions, and as a consultant for students with learning disabilities. She is currently a literacy consultant, workshop presenter, and literacy advisor for One to One, a nonprofit tutoring organization.

She believes that effective professional development should be ongoing and school based. "I think the first step is always to be inspired to do something different and that may happen by hearing a speaker talk enthusiastically about their ideas. When colleagues in your school setting get inspired and meet regularly to turn ideas into action, that process describes good professional development."

Betty writes her books from her own experiences and makes sure that she gets the "skeleton" of the book right. "The fun part is fleshing out the ideas."

In her free time, Betty enjoys reading, sailing, writing, and being a grandmother.

Basic Tools for Beginning Writers
Betty Schultze
Format: Paperback

How to teach all the skills beginning writers need--from alphabet recognition and spelling to strategies for self-editing and building coherent text

How to teach all the skills beginning writers need - from alphabet recognition and spelling to strategies for self-editing and building coherent text. Offers teachers strategies for helping children grasp the pencil, print legibly, spell, punctuate, and create sentences that contain complete thoughts and link together logically. Includes background information, lesson ideas, and suggestions for student review, extensions, and modifications that lead to best practices in developing writing consistency.

(Companion to What's Next for this Beginning Writer.)

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What's Next for this Beginning Writer?
Format: Paperback

Mini-lessons that take writing from scribbles to script

What does it take to make a writer?
Doesn`t reading come first?
How do I encourage students to write?

This inspiring book begins by addressing the most common questions teachers ask about teaching writing to very young children. It then offers a step-by-step approach to engaging young students, interpreting student work, identifying what they know, and building naturally on the strengths displayed to develop confident readers and writers. Full of authentic student samples, this comprehensive book also includes tips for keeping parents involved, as well as a list of recommended children`s books.

*Don`t miss Betty Schultze`s new companion volume, Basic Tools for Beginning Writers.

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