Awards & Recognition
- SMWP Teacher Consultant
As a student, I struggled greatly in the area of writing. I never wanted my students to go through what I had been through. SMWP showed me how to create a “Writer Friendly” classroom, one conducive to making all students feel successful as writers. My passion is to make sure all children feel successful as writers and to never be afraid to pick up a pencil and share their thoughts. SMWP has given me the opportunity to share that passion with my students as well as hundreds of other teachers and their students.
As a writer, the Writing Project gave me the confidence to share my thoughts and ideas. It was and is a safe place to get advice and critique. It is where I feel safest to write and, in turn, strive to create that environment for my students.
Being a part of the SMWP has allowed me the opportunity to collaborate in a way that most teachers are never given. By learning from, and working with teachers from grades K-12 and from a multitude of different socio-economic districts, I have been able to help all my students, no matter what their needs might be. The Writing Project has also allowed me to go out and share these ideas and techniques with teachers and districts from all over Southern California.
Doing writing takes time and patience and, in turn, teaching writing takes time and patience. At SMWP we are given time to converse, time to revise, time to think, time to process, and most importantly, time to write. This process is difficult to do in the classroom with our time constraints. However, knowing how much more successful I am as a writer when given time, I make sure I try and give my students the time they need to feel successful.
The two books that influenced me the most in the area of writing are Katie Wood Ray’s books: Wondrous Words and The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (And They Are All Hard Parts). Wondrous Words showed me how to view the world, especially books, as a writer. I try and show my students that the world around them is simply waiting to be written about and that they can learn how to write about it by reading as a writer, learning style and technique from what they love to read. The Writing Workshop showed me how to set up a realistic Writing Workshop in my classroom, while also showing the realities of how difficult it can be. It is a great introduction for bringing writing into a classroom!