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How is Katebini pronounced?


Think of a cat wearing a beanie hat!
There is a Cat in A Beanie.
Katebini.




Are Katebini Creative® products and resources information-based?


Yes. The employees and freelance workers at Katebini Creative® all have strong educational backgrounds, as well as access to the latest educational peer-reviewed publications. A lot of time, thought, and difficult decision making has gone into the creation and design of our products and resources. All of our materials are steeped in teacher knowledge and experience. If you have more questions about the language, images, and educational value of our products, please feel free to contact us with your questions.




How do your products make teaching and parenting easier and more meaningful?


Today, we have more information about education than ever before. As a field of study, education continues to gain more prestige as competitive doctors fight for funding towards well-thought-out ideas. Schools and teachers keep up with best practice through professional development and advanced degrees. However, schools still do not have all the support they need to implement everything that has been learned. In some cases, the more teachers learn, the more pressure there is to perform more complex and meaningful tasks… without any extra support. Similarly, parenting has changed greatly in the past few generations. The expectations and role of a parent has increased and changed. Parents are expected to have more knowledge about child development and report feeling more parenting judgment and shame from their community. Here at Katebini Creative® we approve the notion that knowledge should be passed to teachers and parents. However, we are not so keen on passing judgments, shame, and disapproval. Our products are designed to make the lives of teachers and parents easier. They are information-based, kid-friendly, and easy to use.




My school or district wants to book Katebini Creative® for a speaking engagement, professional development, or training. How do we arrange this?


To arrange professional development or ​training seminars from Katebini Creative® please contact us through our Professional Development page.




How do I contact Katebini Creative® for questions and comments


We love hearing testimonials and stories about how our products made your life easier and more meaningful! Please feel free to contact us with testimonials, questions, comments, and concerns by visiting out contact page.




We love the Active Authors™ books and guides. Does Katebini Creative® have any other resources for teachers and parents?


They are coming soon!

The Katebini Creative® team is hard at work putting together more rinformation-based materials to make teaching and parenting easier and more meaningful. Subscribe to our email list to be the first to hear about new resources and sales.




Is promotional or bulk pricing available for the Active Authors™ Series?


Please contact us to receive information on promotional and bulk pricing availabilities.





Active Authors™

We already have a writing curriculum. Can the Active Authors™ books and resources fit in with the materials that we already use in our school?


Yes!

Teachers are going to be drawn to the Active Authors™ books. They are great for one-on-one conferencing sessions, and embed easily with current writing programs.

With these books:

  • Preparation time is reduced
  • Communication is more positive
  • Teaching practices are more information-based
  • Outcomes are more effective

The Active Authors™ Teaching Guides can also align and root themselves into the writing curriculums schools already use. The resources included in each guide are desined to enhance teaching.

Some of the resources included in a guide:

  • How to embed vocabulary into a writing lesson
  • Ways to improve your word wall
  • Anchor chart ideas
  • Differentiation suggestions

And more!




How do the Active Authors™ materials improve active participation for writing students?


Children often find it challenging to talk about themselves, especially if the conversation is going to be difficult. Police and social workers figured this out years ago, which is why they ask children, “Can you show me what happened using this doll?” instead of, “What happened to you?”

Katebini Creative® Active Authors™ allows teachers to employ this same technique when offering constructive criticism for writing. Educators can use these 13 mentor texts to hold a conversation, making it easier for the student to point out the mistakes in someone else’s writing instead of their own.

This allows students to be active and eager participants in their one-on-one conferences. Also, they are able to clearly bridge the steps between the error, and what needs to be done to fix it. This is especially true with the Active Author™ book series, because there are 2 different versions of the same story, making the stories directly comparable.

For more information on how to use these books in your classroom, purchase the teacher guides available




How is instruction improved during one-on-one conferences, when teachers use Katebini Creative® Active Authors™ materials?


The Active Authors™ books and guides improve a teacher’s ability to analyze errors and increases a teacher’s use of mentor texts during one-on-one conferences.

Error Analysis

Elementary writing often has more than one error that needs addressing. It can be difficult to decide what is the greatest area of need in a single writing piece. Teachers often address what they notice first. However, what is noticed first may not be the greatest area of need.

The teaching guides in this program have a nifty one-on-one conferencing section that will guide teachers in how to quickly and easily analyze, record, and prioritize errors. Furthermore, teachers benefit from seeing the targeted skills in the 13 mentor texts. These books improve a teacher’s ability to notice similar areas of need in student work.

Mentor Texts

Although teachers often use mentor texts for whole group lessons, they frequently choose not to include them in their practice for small group, and one-on-one lessons.

Part of this decision is due to time restraints; teachers are strapped for time! Anticipating the needs of individual students, and gathering mentor texts that address these needs is time consuming, complicated, and not a perfect science.

The 13 books in this program are designed for teachers to keep by their side during one-on-one conferences. The information in these books directly addresses the 13 errors young writers typically make. Thus, the need to anticipate and prepare mentor materials is eliminated. Furthermore, the use of mentor texts during one-on-one conferences will increase, which aligns with best practices.




These books are fantastic! Should I let my students take them home?


Yes and no.

You need to keep your conferencing set at school, ready to go. Lending these books to students is a fast and sure way to lose them. However, students benefit from repeated exposure to the same information. They often learn things on their own when given time with rich material.

Also, parents love materials that clue them in to how things are taught in the classroom. This is specifically true for math homework, where parents feel emboldened to help their children when the teacher includes some examples of how to solve the problems. Parents would love to get their hands on a copy of these texts.

These books are great fodder for discussion and learning in both the home and school setting. Furthermore, the more exposure students have to the books, the faster they are able to discuss them during their one-on-one conferencing times (and with ease!).

The solution is to have two sets of books for your classroom. One in your book-shopping library, which will allow students and parents access, and one for your conferencing sessions.




Do these books make comparing stories easier?


Yes!

During whole group lessons teachers often use wonderful and rich mentor texts. While these texts may be beautiful it is sometimes difficult for students to build a bridge between the errors in their own work, and the work being presented to them.

Occasionally teachers take 2 similar texts (for example, 2 different versions of Pinocchio, or 2 books by Ezra Jack Keats) to point out similarities and differences in writing styles. Although comparing two or more texts is an important literacy skill, it is generally not the objective of a writing workshop conference.

These 13 books are specifically designed to address the 13 errors young people commonly make. In each book, there is a version of the story with a common writing error, and a version of the story without the error. Young learners find it very easy to compare the two versions of the story, making it easier to express the actions the author took to improve her work.

This resource is a gem for writing teachers.




What ages/grades/levels are the Active Authors™ materials designed for?


The Katebini Creative Active Authors™ materials are designed for elementary- and middle school-aged writers. They specifically address the errors young writers typically make. That being said, these books and guides would probably benefit any writer wanting to improve his or her skills!




Is promotional or bulk pricing available for the Active Authors Series?


Please contact us to receive information on promotional and bulk pricing availabilities.




What is a narrative text? What is an informational text?


Narrative Text

A Narrative text is a piece of writing that follows a story structure. There is usually a beginning, middle, and an end.

At the beginning of each school year, elementary students are often asked to write a personal narrative. Perhaps they visited a beach over the summer, or perhaps they traveled to spend time with family. Students are required to look back on their personal experiences and create a narrative story out of them.

Narratives can be fiction (made up from imagination) or non-fiction (something that really happened).

Informational Text

An informational text is a piece of writing that gives the reader facts. It rarely follows a story structure.

Elementary students are often required to write an informational text within the school year. Popular assignments include: biographies, how to books, an event that took place in history, cultural holidays, ancient cultures, and science writing.

Informational texts are usually non-fiction (something that really happened), they are very rarely fiction (made up from imagination).





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