California Educator

August/September 2021

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Oh, the Horror! As his author profile on Ama- zon says, Evan Baughfman works in a very scary place: a middle school! The UTLA member fittingly writes horror fiction, among other genres. His latest collection of scary stories is The Emaciated Man and Other Terrifying Tales From Poe Middle School, published in fall 2020 (on Amazon). Baughfman, who teaches theater and creative writing at a STEAM magnet school, is also a playwright. In December 2020 he published his play for elementary school students, Sprout Wants Out (on Ama- zon). The month prior he came out with "spooky " plays for teens, Fear Pressure and The Dodo Challenge (on, and in August he published his Romeo and Juliet-inspired play for teens, Untragically Ever After (at Got something for this page? Tell us at with "Lit From Within" in the subject line. We lean toward new(ish) work that can be used in the classroom. Beach Day Excitement Where's the Excite- ment, Iguana? finds Iguana and friends' fun day disturbed when enormous exclamation marks appear and confuse them. Will the group be able to fix the problem, or will the exclamation marks create too much excitement? The book, by Natomas Teachers Association member Jennie Tammar, is a great supplement for PK-3 (and beyond) writing lessons. It picks up directly where Tammar 's first book (What's the Punctuation, Iguana?) leaves off. On Amazon. Phone Etiquette Learning some basic rules about cell phone usage while young can set the tone for children and youth as they grow. My First Cell Phone Rules!!! by Davis Teachers Association mem- ber Allison B. Chan follows Hippopotamoose as he learns proper phone etiquette from his animal friends. In catchy rhymes and cute scenarios, topics covered include paying attention to your surroundings when using a phone, appropriate times to use it, and remind- ers to take breaks from it to enjoy the world around you. On Amazon. 60 CTA & You From Within Often educators' creativity spills over into a book, blog, app or other work. We're happy to showcase members' talents.

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