My mom has been a teacher for 23 years. She spent a lot of time with young kids in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade teaching the basics and elements of reading and writing. For the last few years she’s been teaching in the School of Education @ California State University Bakersfield in a program that links university education and classes with in-class experience in Greenfield School District.
This year she is back in the classroom teaching 6th graders for the first time ever. I remember when I was going into 6th grade and there was nothing I wanted to do less. She was excited and energized and couldn’t wait.
In this conversation she asks me for some of my thoughts on writing looking back on my early academic career so she can share them with her class as she begins a lesson in writing. My mother thinks I’m a writer (please don’t tell her about the social media douchebag thing!).
After sharing my thoughts on writing, I ask her about how she is introducing her young students to creative writing and how she is trying to give them the tools they need to be good writers who love to write.
Thanks for listening!