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Patricia Newman presented a passionate, educational, and inspirational Author Day for our students in grades TK-6. Through her innovative hands-on demonstration of the affect of population growth and accompanying pollutants on our ocean’s health, to her use of a microphone ball to encourage student participation, she taught us all about the importance of learning about our environment, how everything is inter-connected and how each person can make a positive change. Her message of tenacity and always moving forward and believing in oneself was very inspiring. We were very lucky to have been able to spend the day with her.
Our students loved hearing about Patricia Newman’s books and experiences as an author. She tailored each assembly to the grade levels so the content was engaging and appropriate. Our middle school students truly enjoyed their question and answer session with her which fueled their enthusiasm for writing.
Before we leave for the summer I wanted to send along another thank you for your wonderful presentations.
The presentations aligned perfectly with both the goals and the curriculum of our Ocean Guardian school, and were very engaging for the students. They loved the audience participation, and I’m sure they’ll also remember the overall theme of your message: to give up single-use plastic in order to preserve the ocean for their future!
Thanks again for your visit,
Abbi and Annie
It was a great honor having Patricia Newman at our very first Standiford Literacy Night. Her presentation captured our audience of grandparents, parents, and students. Our students were especially excited to be able to talk to Patricia following her presentation, have her sign copies of her books, and have their pictures taken with her. Patricia even took the time to read the work of two of our students, something which they are still talking about. Patricia’s presence certainly insured that our first Standiford Literacy Night was a success.
Thank you so much for taking the time to make a difference in the students’ lives at RSF School. I appreciate your dedication to writing nonfiction, especially about the plastic problem! Students are still talking about you and refer to the words you spoke. You are an amazing presenter! I appreciate you!
Everyone at Desert Knolls really enjoyed your presentation and many of the students were encouraged to put their thoughts down on paper. Your writing workshop got their imaginations flowing.
Thank you for your lively, informative presentations. The primary kids loved being participants, while learning about trains and some of their history. In keeping with science standards, the older kids enjoyed learning a lot about pollutants through your interactive presentation. It made the subject more concrete as wells as emphasizing the magnitude of the problem.
Ms. Newman’s visit to Lakeview Elementary was a real hit with students and teachers alike. Her presentations were both captivating and informative. She adapted to each group according to their ages and interests and engaged students with demonstrations, acting and Q & A. I highly recommend her for any school author visit.
We loved Patricia! She did a seminar for our K-2nd graders and a different seminar for our 3rd-5th graders. They were both very interesting and grade appropriate. She also taught several writing workshops and a writing Q & A session. The words teachers used to describe her workshops were, “phenomenal” and “fantastic.” We had a wonderful day and Patricia was delightful to work with. I would enthusiastically recommend her to any school searching to host an Author Day.
Patricia Newman was wonderful as our featured author for the Placer Area Reading Council’s Young Writers Celebration – 2015. Her educational presentation taught students all about the process authors go through as they write a book. She was diverse enough in her program to include something for everyone, from kindergarten to adults. She even stayed after to autograph books for the students! We highly recommend her!
I enjoyed listening to her interact with the students and seeing her excitement (and theirs!) about her books. I thought her presentation was fabulous…and so on target to our writing program such as adding detail, voice, revising…that I think the students were able to make meaningful connections to her, her books and her message.
The staff and students had an incredible time last Friday, and I am so happy that I was able to meet you. The principal was impressed, and students were left with a sense of “never giving up” when it comes to writing. On Monday, I was also amazed at how much my class had remembered from the assembly.
Our staff was very, very impressed.
Thank you so much for your wonderful lesson with the class. You put a great deal of thought into your presentation. I know the class (including me) learned a LOT from your expert perspective. I already see the results in their writing—more feelings, more action, reworking the beginning of the story.
Dear Patricia Newman, Thank you for coming to Ottomon so we could learn about trains and you. I was glad to see you when I walked in the door. My favorite part of the book was when the guy was kicking hobos off the train. When you called people to be your helpers, I was one of them. I was a passenger train with my friend. I hope I can make a book just like you. Thank you once more for coming.
Dear Mrs. Newman, Thank you for showing us your book. I really liked the part when the guy said whitewash. Your friend,
“Newman’s rapport and style puts kids at ease. They can see immediately this is an adult who sees a kid’s perspective.”
“Patricia Newman connected warmly with my students. She. . .encouraged them to share her love of language and writing.”
Thank you again for a wonderful visit! The kids are still talking about it and I’ve already received three books that my students have made and would like me to pass on to you.
Thank you for coming to our school Bridgeway Island. I loved your story Mrs. Newman it was funny and it was the best time of my life and thank you for telling me about trains.
Just wanted to drop you a quick thank you for all the time you spent with our kids. It was such an enthusiastic presentation. What a great model for all South Burlington students! You have a gift for sure! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Kids are attracted to [Patricia Newman’s] warm likable manner; she makes it easy for others to latch on to her enthusiasm for reading.
Thank you for your wonderful one-of-a-kind multimedia story time presentation at Northridge Elementary School on behalf of their fundraiser with us. Everyone–the principal, PTA, parents, and children raved about your dual story time, “how-to-write” approach, and of course your delightful book, Jingle the Brass. I look forward to promoting more story time visits with you to all the other schools I work with.
A fun, enthusiastic, kid-friendly person, Patti gave two fantastic assemblies, specially designed for our different age levels. Her interactive presentations got the kids excited about her books and the writing process. She was a pleasure to work with, helpful, kind and friendly, and the kids loved her! Thank you, Patricia Newman, for making our Author Day a rousing success!
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