I realize that The Sparkler takes a lot of work and time, however, the response from both staff and parents has been over whelming. We all look forward to the weekly idea to foster writing with our students. It's been invaluable!
Vito D'Alconzo, principal, Glen Rock, NJ
Dear Bruce Van Patter,
This is my seventh year teaching fifth grade and I look forward to your Sparkler emails as they always come at a time when I need a little push to write an inspiring writing lesson. Thank you for your time, input, and impact that you have had with writing in my classroom. Best of luck as you write your Kids Can Love to Write book.
Mrs. LaBarre, PA
Your Sparklers have been great! I use your ideas and thoughts regularly and, because of this, never fail to enthuse the kids in my class. Sometimes I use your comments as a starting block so the kids can see exactly what I am getting at. If your book is anything like your emails, then I will be buying it!
Julie Jardine, English teacher, Bahrain
Dear Mr. Van Patter,
Please continue your inspiring work. I have implemented many of your suggestions in my 5th grade writing class. I am convinced you have the gift for inspiring good writing.
Olivia M. Sprouse, Nashville, TN
I can not even begin to thank you enough for your Sparklers!!...(they) have enhanced my ability to teach writing skills to my students. There isn't any "cookie cutter" way of teaching writing (thank goodness)! You have shown me alternative, innovative, and entertaining ways to get the kids interested in writing and shut down the "I can't think of anything to write" complaints that I hear every time we have a writing adventure.
Tyra Alldaffer, Kansas