English Language Development, Spanish
Yuba Gardens Intermediate, Marysville School District
Local Writing Project:
Northern California Writing Project (NCWP)
Twitter, blog, website:
@lynnjake (Twitter and Pinterest)
Awards & Recognition
- NCWP Teacher Consultant
- Outstanding Teacher (Feather River Council, 2014, 2011)
- Teacher Who Makes a Difference (Yuba COE, 2004, 2000)
- National Writing Project English Learners Leadership Team Member
Working with the Writing Project has enabled me to grow immensely as a professional. I have the confidence to try new things in my classroom and I have learned that the failure of a lesson is sometimes as instructive as the one that succeeds. I have learned to take every experience and grow from it. My experiences with the NCWP are some of my most treasured learning times. We collaborate on the most interesting projects, and everyone is incredibly supportive of everyone else.
Since I first began working with NCWP, I have been encouraged to write what I know, and ultimately to submit it for publication. As a result, my confidence as a writer has grown immensely. I have found that if I write about what I know, or suspect I know, I gain certainty from having to explain it in an orderly way, and I like sharing my ideas with others.
As a Teacher Consultant, I’ve had the opportunity to work collaboratively with other teachers, and to lead many professional development sessions. I always learn so much from these opportunities. I’ve learned how to be a good presenter and I have learned so much from the participants of the sessions I’ve been a part of. I look forward to these opportunities, which was not the case at first, when I was terrified of speaking to a group of people. My NCWP colleagues helped me immeasurably in learning how to be a good presenter.
I believe that to be a writer, one must write, every day. I know that until I write the things that circulate through my mind, it is sometimes hard to know what I’m actually thinking. I notice that as I’m working through a problem or an idea, I finally have to stop and write if I’m to really understand what I’m trying to figure out. When I stop writing for any period of time, it seems like ideas just stagnate in my mind until I finally write them down.
I am really enjoying Write Like This by Kelly Gallagher. He starts simple, and explains very clearly what he is teaching his students and why. I feel like I gain so much insight and clarity about what I’m going to teach my English Learners about writing just from reading this book.