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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is an author and teacher living on Heart Rock Farm (The Poem Farm) in Holland, NY. Her first poetry book, FOREST HAS A SONG, was published by Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Spring 2013) and her second book, READING TIME, will be published by WordSong/Boyds Mills Press (date TBA). Amy is also co-author with Lucy Calkins and Stephanie Parsons of the grade 2 book POETRY: BIG THOUGHTS IN SMALL PACKAGES (Heinemann, 2013). In addition to poetry, Amy has written local NPR commentaries as well as a column for EDIBLE BUFFALO, and she works in many school districts teaching about writing. Amy blogs at The Poem Farm and Sharing Our Notebooks, both sites for anyone who is interested in poetry and notebook-keeping.

amylvpoemfarm   Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, Holland, United States

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  • A Comment on Laura Purdie Salas's
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    Seal Lullaby, By Rudyard Kipling at 0.46
    on April 08, 2014 03:37

    Laura! I love this one so much and have a family story about it... Love to hear you read. Have you heard this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya4OZ7_vz_c

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    Superficial Unrealistic Rigor is Attrocious
    on September 03, 2012 02:21

    It's so funny that it's sad...and so sad that it's funny. Fabulous collaboration and full of truth and heart both - I look forward to more!

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    More Than a Number
    on June 29, 2012 00:15

    KHassel: It is true that poetry will be interpreted differently by different readers. As the writer of this poem and a teacher, however, I will say that I did not write these words with an intent to intimidate. Yours, Amy

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    More Than a Number
    on June 27, 2012 21:50

    @KHassel: I, too, would like to thank you for writing to us about the song. Never in a million years would I write a poem to intimidate teachers. I honor and feel endless gratitude to teachers for my own learning and experiences and for those of my own children. This is why I became a teacher - to try to give back what I have been given. Evaluation is a vital part of teaching and learning, and the child voice in the song simply hopes to remind us that children are more than numbers and that some very valuable passions and habits of mind cannot be measured with a 1, 2, 3, or 4. Thank you again for your message. I hope that my words here have helped to clarify my intent. Yours, Amy

  • A Comment on Barrylane55's
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    Goodbye Song
    on May 18, 2012 01:06

    Aw...these are some of the sweetest sounds I've ever heard...

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    Ode to other at 1.36
    on April 21, 2012 23:24

    Wow...love.

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    Teacher Hallelujah at 1.57
    on April 21, 2012 23:23

    Beautiful, Barry. I feel lucky to know you.

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