Teaching For Change…good place to find books for your classroom


Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.

By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizenery.


Thank You Doug Rawlings and UMF…write a letter to the WALL!

Yesterday I taught a class at in the Emery Center surrounded by the Talking Walls illustrations. I began the class  by asking  Cathy Wimet’s students what they thought the number one question people have asked me about my book Talking Walls.  A student asked  me if the question is about where I got the idea for the book. I said yes and  told them the inspiration is right here and will tell you all about it.    Doug  Rawlings, who  worked at UMF for over 25 years, talked to the students about his work with Veterans For Peace http://www.veteransforpeace.org/  and told the students the story behind his poem The Wall, the inspiration for  my book.  He read the poem and invited students to write letters to the wall as part of project begun in 2015   http://www.veteransforpeace.org/pressroom/news/2015/04/10/writing-wall-join-our-memorial-day-letter-writing-campaign. I told the students that I heard Doug read his poem  at an assembly at Cony High School and  right after he read it an idea popped into my head and I turned to my friend Elizabeth and told her that I just thought of an idea for a book about walls around the world and the stories they tell!
The Wall

Descending into this declivity
dug into our nation’ s capitol
by the cloven hoof
of yet another one of our country’ s
tropical wars

Slipping past the names of those
whose wounds
refuse to heal

Slipping past the panel where
my name would have been
could have been
perhaps should have been

Down to The Wall’ s greatest depth
where the beginning meets the end
I kneel

Staring through my own reflection
beyond the names of those
who died so young

Knowing now that The Wall
has finally found me \endash
58,000 thousand-yard stares
have fixed on me
as if I were their Pole Star
as if I could guide their mute testimony
back into the world
as if I could connect all those dots
in the nighttime sky
As if I
could tell them
the reason why

Talk About It/I Spy at Maine Literacy Connections Conference

I will present  the  Talk About It/ I Spy Workshop on March 31st at Thomas College



Using the original Talking Walls illustrations Margy will demonstrate a Talk About It/I Spy Scavenger Hunt that is not only a great classroom and Family Literacy activity, but can be easily replicated with other visuals, illustrations, family photos or student art.


Margy will take the participants on the I Spy Scavenger Hunt so they can practice how to create and incorporate listening, conversation and questions strategies that supports comprehension and close reading.



Talking Walls at UMF



Anne Sibley O’Brien

Original Illustrations





January 13th – February 8th

11:00am – 6:00pm

Emery Community Arts Center University of Maine Farmington

Opening Reception January 13th 5:00pm-7:00pm

Doug Rawlings, co-founder of Veterans for Peace , http://www.veteransforpeace.org/ , will read his poem, The Wall, the inspiration for the book about twenty- six walls around the world and the stories they tell.