40 episodes

Chalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who teach. Are you looking for inspiration to develop and deepen your writing and/or teaching practice? If so, then listen to the experts who make it their practice to become better writers and teachers every day. An episode will publish every other Friday during the school year. If you'd like to connect after listening, please find me on Twitter @KateNarita or visit my website www.katenarita.com Happy listening!

Chalk and Ink: The Podcast for Teachers Who Write and Writers Who Teach Kate Narita

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Chalk and Ink is a biweekly podcast that interviews teachers who write and writers who teach. Are you looking for inspiration to develop and deepen your writing and/or teaching practice? If so, then listen to the experts who make it their practice to become better writers and teachers every day. An episode will publish every other Friday during the school year. If you'd like to connect after listening, please find me on Twitter @KateNarita or visit my website www.katenarita.com Happy listening!

    Chalk + Ink: 50th Episode Call to Action

    Chalk + Ink: 50th Episode Call to Action

    Hello Summer Everyone,
    You’re probably thinking, wait a minute! It’s not August 26th yet! Why is there a new episode of Chalk + Ink in my feed? Has Kate completely lost track of time?
    No, I haven’t. I know it’s mid-July and the next school year is still very far away. But, I’m already thinking about Chalk + Ink’s 50th episode, which will be released on January 30, 2023. 
    To celebrate this accomplishment, we are going to take a look at how previous episodes have affected listeners. 
    Has Chalk + Ink improved your teaching?
    What about your writing?
    Would you be willing to share your experience with other Chalk + Ink listeners?
    If so, please fill out the form at www.katenarita.com/podcast by September 15th. I will get back to you by September 30th and let you know whether or not I'll be able to feature you and your experience. 
    I can’t wait to hear from you! 
    Now it’s time to return to reading that book, writing that story, or savoring the sunshine as you swim in the sea. 
    See you on August 26th!

    Kate Narita

    • 1 min
    Season Two Finale: Top Ten Writing Tips

    Season Two Finale: Top Ten Writing Tips

    I’ve compiled the top ten writing tips from this season’s guests to help get listeners psyched up for a creative, productive summer. 
    This episode embodies the reason this podcast exists. You count. You matter. Your creativity counts. Your happiness matters. It’s time to pour all the energy you channel into teaching during the school year into your creative process. Whether you are a budding or a blooming writer, these tips will help you deepen your creative practice.

    Tip Number Ten: Write Alongside Your Students Featuring Carole Boston Weatherford, Kate Messner, and Jyoti Rajan Gopal.

    Tip Number Nine: Write Someplace New Featuring Michael Leali, René Colato Laínez,  Whitney LaRocca, and Jeff Anderson.

    Tip Number Eight: Keep Notebooks Featuring Whitney LaRocca and Loree Griffin Burns.

    Tip Number Seven: Dummy It Out Featuring April Jones Prince and Marcie Flinchum Atkins.

    Tip Number Six: Plot It Out Featuring Zetta Elliott and Rukhsanna Guidroz.

    Tip Number Five: Featuring Michael Leali, Veera Hiranadani, and Lisa Stringfellow.

    Tip Number Four: Interview Someone Featuring Kristen Nordstrom and Tina Athaide.

    Tip Number Three: Blog About It Featuring Pernille Ripp.

    Tip Number Two: Bust Out of Those Boxes Featuring Laurel Paula Jackson, Loree Griffin Burns, and Tina Athaide.

    Tip Number One: Practice What You Preach Featuring  April Jones Prince,  Erin Dealey, and Pernille Ripp.
    Hey, before you go, I have a favor to ask. Chalk + Ink has one review on Apple. One is a whole lot less than 2,000. When you have one of those long, slow, summer moments, please take a minute to leave a positive review. Help spread Chalk + Ink joy.
    Have you read Melissa Stewart and Sarah Brannen’s Summertime Sleepers yet? If not, why not? It’s the perfect book to help you enjoy summer’s slower pace. Plus, you’ll be supporting Sarah, who does our podcast art.

    I can’t wait to talk with you again on August 26th, 2022. Until then, happy writing everyone!

    • 52 min
    Interview with Author and Educator, Jyoti Rajan Gopal

    Interview with Author and Educator, Jyoti Rajan Gopal

    Today, Jyoti Rajan Gopal and I talk about the power of changing one word in a manuscript, exploring various storytelling modalities, and the magic of making a manuscript sound like music.

    As many of you know, my beloved dog, Buck, passed away a week ago. Normally, I don’t record interviews with him in the room. But when Jyoti and I recorded this episode, I knew my days with him were numbered. So, I let him stay with me. He was completely quiet until the end of the episode when he barked. Normally, I would have cut it out. I even had Jyoti repeat her recommendations; however, when it came time to produce the episode, I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t cut him out. So, if you want to turn down your sound, around an hour and five minutes, please do so. This episode is dedicated to him.

    It’s the end of the school year which means it’s time to wrap up Chalk + Ink’s second season. In two weeks, our final episode, “Top Ten Summer Writing Tips” will be available to download. So, there’s no homework unless you want to listen to your favorite episodes from this season and let me know which tips I should consider featuring in the season finale.


    If you have enjoyed this podcast or if this podcast has helped you in any way, please write a review on Apple or Spotify or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reviews help other listeners discover our content.


    Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art and congratulate her again on her Sibert Honor for Summertime Sleepers. 

    Happy listening!

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Interview with Author and Educator, Kate Messner

    Interview with Author and Educator, Kate Messner

    On today’s episode with Kate Messner we talk about what happens when we share our writing process with our students, inviting our students to help us make our writing stronger, and taking and making time to prioritize our writing.

    Congratulations to Miss Mess Maker for winning a copy of The Civil War of Amos Abernathy by Michael Leali. Miss Mess Maker thank you for retweeting Michael’s interview on Twitter, and Michael thanks so much for your generous donation. Miss Mess Maker please direct message me on Twitter so that we can get you a copy of Michael’s awesome book.

    Debut author Jyoti Gopal will be joining us next episode to talk about her exquisite picture book debut American Desi. None of her six books, yes, you heard me correctly, six books have been released yet. But, you can read about her, her forthcoming books, and her educational philosophy on her website.
    If you have enjoyed this podcast or if this podcast has helped you in any way, please write a review on Apple or Spotify or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Reviews help other listeners discover the podcast.
    Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art and congratulate her again on her Sibert Honor for Summertime Sleepers. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Interview with Debut Author and High School ELA Teacher, Michael Leali

    Interview with Debut Author and High School ELA Teacher, Michael Leali

    The warm and inclusive, Michael Leali, talks about the danger of gendering books, how we miss out on the now when we try to “make up” for lost learning time due to the pandemic, and how readers rise to challenges.

    Michael Leali generously donated a signed copy of The Civil War of Amos Abernathy to a lucky podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag @michaelleali and @katenarita, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, these actions must be completed by midnight on Friday, April 22nd. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 29th, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.

    It’s homework time. The versatile and curious, Kate Messner, will be joining us on our next episode. Kate’s written so many wonderful books, it’s impossible to think about assigning only one. On the podcast we talk about History Smashers, The Next President, and Breakout. But, if you’re only going to read one title, the book that’s most fitting for this podcast is 59 Reasons to Write: Mini-Lessons, Prompts, and Inspiration for Teachers.
    Take a page out of GrapeApes' book and write a review of this show. Here's what GrapeApes' wrote on Apple Podcasts about Chalk + Ink, "I love this podcast and have gleaned so many helpful, inspiring tips and resources for both my writing and my classroom. My time spent listening is always richly rewarded; I can only listen to about one episode per week, because it takes me time to process and digest all the wonderful wisdom in each one! Kate Narita is such an accessible and insightful host, and her warm, enthusiastic rapport elicits the best techniques and tidbits from her diverse guests. Teacher-writers and writer-teachers, this is your podcast!” Please write a review on Apple or Spotify or wherever you listen to your podcasts and help me spread the word so more listeners will discover these interviews.
    Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art and congratulate her again on her Sibert Honor for Summertime Sleepers. 

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Interview with the Director of Global Citizenship at Barefoot Books and Debut Author, Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson

    Interview with the Director of Global Citizenship at Barefoot Books and Debut Author, Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson

    The positive and flexible, Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson, talks about the importance of quality vs. quantity, music as a universal first language, and global citizenship.

    It’s homework time. Have you ever wondered if LGBTQ+ people played an important part in the history of the United States? If so, be sure to pick up a copy of Michael Leali’s debut middle grade novel, The Civil War of Amos Abernathy. You’ll find yourself rooting for Amos and Chloe. Also, if you’re a structure enthusiast, this novel is a must read.
    When you’re listening to these interviews do you ever think, wow, this author seems like a fantastic educator, I wish she could teach my class for the day? Well, you’re in luck. If you become  Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter, you can have access to teaching videos by April Jones Prince, Marcie Flinchum Atkins, Zetta Elliott, Erin Dealey, René Colato Laínez and Lisa Stringfellow. It must cost a fortune to access these videos, right? Nope, just three dollars for each podcast episode. I’ll only be releasing four more podcast episodes this school year. That means for $12 you can bring all of these authors into your classroom. That’s what I call a sweet deal.
    Dr. Paula Laurel Jackson generously donated a copy of The Perfect Party and a free thirty-minute virtual author visit to a lucky podcast listener. There are several ways to enter: 1) Tweet or retweet this episode and be sure to tag @LPaulaJackson and @katenarita, 2) Go to www.katenarita.com/podcast and make a comment on this episode’s post, 3) Make a comment about the episode on our Chalk + Ink Facebook page; and 4) Become a Chalk + Ink Patreon supporter. Patreon supporters are automatically entered into each giveaway. In order to enter the giveaway, these actions must be completed by midnight on Friday, April 8th. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 15th, on the podcast as well as on Twitter and on our Facebook page.
    Do you have a minute? Please write a review on Apple or Spotify and help me spread the word so more listeners will discover this podcast.
    Finally, I want to give a shout out to Sarah Brannen for Chalk + Ink’s podcast art and congratulate her again on her Sibert Honor for Summertime Sleepers. 

    • 1 hr 5 min

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GrapeApes ,

A wealth of riches!

I love this podcast and have gleaned so many helpful, inspiring tips and resources for both my writing and my classroom. My time spent listening is always richly rewarded; I can only listen to about one episode a week, because it takes me time to process and digest all the wonderful wisdom in each one! Kate Narita is such and accessible and insightful host, and her warm, enthusiastic rapport elicits the best techniques and tidbits from her diverse guests. Teacher-writers and writer-teachers, this is your podcast!

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