Walking Trees: Portraits of Teachers and Children in the Culture of Schools (Large Print / Paperback)
One September, Ralph Fletcher entered the world of the New York City public school as a staff developer for the Teachers College Writing Project. Walking Trees is the dramatic story of how he survived the wrenching highs and lows of that school year.
Beautifully written, alternately funny and poignant, sad and angry, the book offers an authentic portrait of life in the city's schools. The stories and unforgettable characters in this book - the principals, teachers, and children Fletcher worked with - give Walking Trees a novelistic quality in which the enormous difficulties of staff development in an urban setting are woven together with events in the greater world.
Walking Trees re-creates a world in which all of us who have ever spent time in a school will instantly be able to recognize.
About the Author
Ralph Fletcher has been a mentor to teachers and young writers everywhere. Ralph's latest Heinemann books continue this tradition. His newest book, Joy Write, shares the whys and the how of giving students time and autonomy for the playful, low-stakes writing that leads to surprising, high-level growth. What a Writer Needs, Second Edition mentors teachers and writers in the elements and craft of writing. Mentor Author, Mentor d104s brings inspiration to teachers and students by sharing Ralph's own writing across numerous genres plus writer's notes that reveal his thinking. Ralph frequently works with young writers in schools, and speaks at education conferences in the U.S. and abroad, helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. Ralph is the beloved author of many bestselling teacher professional books including Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide; Craft Lessons; and Breathing In, Breathing Out as well as the author of firsthand classroom materials such as Teaching the Qualities of Writing and Lessons for the Writer's Notebook. Students know Ralph as the award-winning author of more than 20 books for children and young adults, including Fig Pudding, Twilight Comes Twice, The Writer's Notebook, and Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid. Ralph Fletcher online Listen to a recent Heinemann podcast where Ralph talks about Joy Write (17:31). Read Ralph's latest thoughts at his blog: Living the Writing Life. Listen to an interview with Ralph on Education Talk Radio (38:29). Learn more about Ralph at his website RalphFletcher.com and follow him on Twitter @FletcherRalph.