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Jane Bell Kiester

Jane Bell Kiester

Email janekiester@comcast.net or call 239-394-1612 with questions about which Caught'ya book to use or to schedule a workshop with Jane.

Download this free guide by Jane Bell Kiester for adapting Caught'yas for use in your homeschool classroom.

Learn more about the Caught'ya Series here.

Check out "Requiem for Inactive Verbs," a song inspired by a workshop Jane did at the Osceola County School for the Arts.

Jane Kiester is the author of the popular Caught'ya books: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle; Caught'ya Again! More Grammar with a Giggle; The Chortling Bard! Grammar with a Giggle for High School; Giggles in the Middle: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Middle School; Eggbert, the Ball, Bounces by Himself: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for First Grade; Putrescent Petra Finds Friends: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Second Grade; and Juan and Marie Join the Class: Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Third Grade (these last three were formerly Elementary, My Dear! Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Grades 1, 2, and 3), all published by Maupin House. Teachers all over the country also use the new edition of her third book, Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test, to help improve their students' scores on state writing assessment tests. Jane's most recent book is Teach Spelling So It Sticks. She is currently writing three new books.

In addition to writing books, Jane has given hundreds of workshops to fellow teachers around the country for the past ten years. Her subject? The same as in her classroom, where she happily taught elementary or middle school for more than 30 years -- teaching students to write well.

In her three decades as a classroom teacher, Jane has served many years as various department chairpersons and grade-level chairperson. She is also a past president of the Alachua County Teachers of English. Jane has been recognized three times by "Who's Who Among America's Teachers." In 2002 she won Teacher of the Year for her school and Middle School Teacher of the Year for her county.

Problem-solving Workshops for Teachers

Jane's energy is contagious! Her workshops, seminars and invited presentations delight and rejuvenate teachers at all grade levels. Jane delivers practical, classroom-proven ideas to solve those yucky "must-do" situations all teachers face. Each presentation sparkles with Jane's insightful humor. Her seminars and symposium speaking topics are shaped to fit the specific needs of schools and districts.

Workshop Descriptions

  1. 1. It's Never Too Early to Teach Correct Writing!
    3 to 4 hours
    Four-hour, hands-on workshop. Instructs teachers of grades 1 and 2 how to implement the Caught'ya method of teaching grammar, mechanics, usage, and vocabulary beyond the Dolch Words. Participants then learn a step-by-step method of teaching paragraph writing to young students.
  2. 2. Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Grades 3 through 7
    2 to 3 hours
    Three-hour workshop. Shows teachers how to successfully set up the Caught'ya method of teaching grammar, mechanics, usage, superlative vocabulary, varied sentence structure, and literary devices. Participants should come prepared to chant, sing, giggle, and learn zany but effective ways to teach GUM (grammar, usage, mechanics).
  3. 3. Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Grades 8 through 12
    2 to 3 hours
    Three-hour interactive workshop. Shows upper middle and high-school teachers how to successfully set up the Caught'ya method of teaching grammar, mechanics, usage, superlative vocabulary, varied sentence structure, and literary devices.
  4. 4. Develop More Powerful Writing with Vivid-verb Paragraphs
    3 to 4 hours
    Four-hour interactive workshop. Teachers at all grade levels learn how to compose well-constructed paragraphs that use vivid verbs, elaboration, varied sentence structure, great vocabulary, and literary devices. Come prepared to write and laugh!
  5. 5. Teaching Vivacious Vocabulary in Ways That Work
    1 to 2 hours
    Three- hour interactive workshop. Do you teach vocabulary to your students with little or no carry over of these words into their writing? Want a solution? Learn and practice an assortment of tricks, fun games, and zany activities that your students will love. Never give another vocabulary test again! Come prepared to play games and learn some hilarious new words.
  6. 6. The Nuts and Bolts of Writing Well
    3 hours
    Three- hour interactive workshop for all levels. Gather ideas, games, and fun techniques on how to teach your students to differentiate the diverse genres of writing required on your state's writing assessment. Obtain kid-friendly graphic organizers and useful hints to help train your students how to write excellent examples of the required genres. Find out how to teach with ease that oh-so-difficult skill of elaboration and use of nitty-gritty detail. This session contains an abundance of practical, classroom-tested ideas to turn your students into better writers!
  7. 7. How Your School or District Can Blow Away the State Writing Assessment Test!!
    6 hours (1 day) to 10 hours (2-day)
    Hands-on, laughter-filled workshop. Teachers, at all levels walk through the four steps in the book Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test. Implementing these simple steps in your classrooms will dramatically increase your students' writing scores on state assessments. This workshop is designed for teachers of all subjects and includes shorten versions of workshops # 4, 5, and 6. Teachers should come prepared to write and practice the four steps themselves.
  8. 8. Vocabulary and Writing in Math is not an Oxymoron
    5 to 6 hours
    All- day hands-on-workshop. Students can learn to write in math classes! They can learn math-specific vocabulary. Bring your sense of humor, math-specific vocabulary lists, and your best ideas. Be ready to learn some outrageous new words and write, write, write.
  9. 9. Need to Analyze What Worked? Want a Refresher Workshop? Want Feedback?
    All- day (6 hours)
    All- day review. As a follow up to other workshops.
  10. 10. Flashes of Brilliance in the Face of Desperation
    Keynote
    One-hour keynote. Bizarre and offbeat teaching styles can reach our students and helps us be effective teachers.

Teachers Rave

"Jane, your workshop was the best I ever 'crashed.' After 25 years of teaching, if I can go to a workshop and learn something new and get excited about teaching a new idea or concept, I consider it to be successful. Thank you for an outstanding workshop. I'm looking forward to using the Caught'yas in class as well as many of your ideas about teaching writing."
- Craig Long, West Henderson High School

"Jane Kiester's well-organized workshops on Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test and Caught'ya provide a step-by-step plan for teaching writing effectively. She entertains and enlightens her audiences, motivating teachers to return to their classrooms and share newfound knowledge with their students!"
- Kim Whaley, 4th-grade Teacher, Artesia, New Mexico

"Attending Jane's exciting and dynamic workshop and implementing the humor-filled techniques in her books with my students reminded me of how much fun the classroom should be and why I originally chose to be a teacher."
- Renee Trufant, Teacher, Brevard, North Carolina

"This book is more than a book -- it's a life saver, a motivator, an English teacher's best friend....You shouldn't start your day without Caught'ya! It's the perfect package, the ideal answer."

"I was the first in our school to use the Caught'ya sentences. It was a tremendous help in getting my classes begun quickly, and I received many comments from other teachers who had been in the room seconds after the students arrive, only to see them already seated and working. My biggest triumph came late in the year, however. My eight graders had scored 22 percentile points higher than any other eighth grade classes in the school! When I look back at their tests, I realize their success was almost completely due to the Caughtya's we had one nearly every day."

"...full of creative ideas to generate enthusiasm for learning. Reading her book reminded me of how much fun the classroom should be and why I originally chose to be a teacher."

"I have been an English teacher for more than 20 years. I fell in love with your method! I have tried everything, without success, to get students to improve their knowledge of grammar and mechanics and to proofread their rough drafts before composing final papers. Nothing worked as well, or as consistently."

"Thanks to Caught'ya ! I no longer dread covering grammar. Actually, I think I am enjoying the sentences as much as my students do! I am a homeschooling mother of three children, ages seven, nine and ten. This year we are using Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle...the great thing about your method is that I can adapt the stories and the punctuation in any way I like."

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  1. Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test (E-BOOK)

    Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test (E-BOOK)

    $24.95

    THIS IS A DOWNLOADABLE PRODUCT

    All the tools you need to teach your students how to respond to any fiction or non-fiction prompt with superior and creative writing that incorporates solid writing-craft principles. Students will be able to improve comprehension, recognize writing genres, and create a written response.

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  2. Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test (Third Edition)

    Blowing Away the State Writing Assessment Test (Third Edition)

    $27.95

    All the tools you need to teach your students how to respond to any fiction or non-fiction prompt with superior and creative writing that incorporates solid writing-craft principles. Students will be able to improve comprehension, recognize writing genres, and create a written response. Learn More
  3. Caught'ya Again! More Grammar with a Giggle

    Caught'ya Again! More Grammar with a Giggle

    $17.95

    Kiester strikes again with four more stories plus mini-lessons, writing workshops, and a complete grammar reference. Learn More
  4. Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle

    Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle

    $17.95

    Jane Bell Kiester transforms the sentence-a-day approach to teaching grammar, usage, and mechanics into an intriguing and easy skill-builder. Learn More
  5. Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for First Grade: Eggbert, The Ball, Bounces by Himself

    Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for First Grade: Eggbert, The Ball, Bounces by Himself

    $17.95

    As Eggbert, an adventurous ball, bounces his way into some very strange places, your first-graders get practice with basic punctuation, spelling, and phonics. Learn More
  6. Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for First Grade: Eggbert, the Ball, Bounces by Himself (E-BOOK)

    Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for First Grade: Eggbert, the Ball, Bounces by Himself (E-BOOK)

    $14.95

    THIS IS A DOWNLOADABLE PRODUCT

    As Eggbert, an adventurous ball, bounces his way into some very strange places, your first-graders get practice with basic punctuation, spelling, and phonics.

    Learn More
  7. Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Middle School: Giggles in the Middle

    Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Middle School: Giggles in the Middle

    $24.95

    Jane Bell Kiester, author of the popular Caught’ya! Grammar with a Giggle series, has adapted her effective and fun approach to meet the specific learning needs of middle school students. Learn More
  8. Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Middle School: Giggles in the Middle (E-BOOK)

    Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Middle School: Giggles in the Middle (E-BOOK)

    $21.95

    THIS IS A DOWNLOADABLE PRODUCT

    Jane Bell Kiester, author of the popular Caught’ya! Grammar with a Giggle series, has adapted her effective and fun approach to meet the specific learning needs of middle school students.

    Learn More
  9. Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Second Grade:  Putrescent Petra Finds Friends

    Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Second Grade: Putrescent Petra Finds Friends

    $17.95

    With Putrescent Petra Finds Friends, second-grade students will have fun learning vocabulary and practicing punctuation, capitalization, verb tenses, and paragraphing skills as they follow the adventures of a skunk who befriends a classroom. Learn More
  10. Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Second Grade: Putrescent Petra Finds Friends (E-BOOK)

    Caught'ya! Grammar with a Giggle for Second Grade: Putrescent Petra Finds Friends (E-BOOK)

    $14.95

    THIS IS A DOWNLOADABLE PRODUCT

    With Putrescent Petra Finds Friends, second-grade students will have fun learning vocabulary and practicing punctuation, capitalization, verb tenses, and paragraphing skills as they follow the adventures of a skunk who befriends a classroom.

    Learn More

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