kudos for pbj


from teachers & librarians                                   

What some teachers and librarians had to say...

Many parents have contacted me to say how excited their children were about your visit – evidently many of the children went home to create poetry with their families. The rides home and bedtime discussions were filled with [talk of poems the kids wrote with you]. And the teachers enjoyed their lunch time visit as well. Thanks so much for creating workshops that were fun and inspiring!
— Private Middle School Administrator, MA
I could have listened to him read poetry all morning, but I also thoroughly enjoyed hearing about him.
— Public Librarian, PA
People here are full of praise for your knowledge, warmth, and ability to take on every age and situation with which we challenged you. I’ll put the word out among my fellow librarians. . . .Thanks for a very fun day and loads of ideas to carry on with.
— Private Middle School Librarian, MA
Thanks many times over for such a great visit. The kids were absolutely awed, and all of us felt the magic of playing with words. Thinking, writing, and laughing can all be connected.
— Montessori school teacher, ME

From young students

Some comments from students, mostly in grades 3-6...

Overall, I wanted to say that your books inspired me; inspired me to write, inspired me to think and inspired me to have an epiphany on recent events.
— Tyson
I liked meeting a famous poet and someone who published a book. I wrote a twenty four page story. Do you know how I could get it published?
— Ben
You teached our class a lot. At first I thought “O” great, more poems to write, but now I am more than happy to write one of your poems or short stories.
— Ethan
Paul Janeczko is fun.
Paul Janeczko is done.
— Beth, kindergarten
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From graduate students  

A sample of comments from students who have taken my summer graduate course . . .

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This was one of the best courses I’ve taken. Paul is a superb instructor, highly knowledgeable, and comfortable with material, process, and students.
Things I liked: your sense of humor; values related to writing; journaling, even though that was scary for me; low pressure, but you maintained high (yet reasonable) expectations; meaningful projects.
I loved the class. Nice style. Lots of examples. Tons of stuff to take home. It worked: I’ll be less fearful about trying to write poetry with my students.
The course was great! I felt it met my needs and expectations. It was full of great ideas and strategies that I will use next year.