I came to the world of education relatively late in life. I had started down that path in college, but veered off as teaching jobs became more and more scarce.
After college I held down numerous odd jobs, played drums in a jazz quintet, met my wife, bought and rehabbed a house, fathered two children, became a pioneering licensed daycare provider, returned to school to complete my teacher training, and began teaching at age 38 .
I started out teaching second grade, but was hired away from that position to teach sixth grade at another school, where I became the writing specialist for 125 students.
I had no curriculum, but I learned that if I appealed to students’ emotions they would write freely. My students learned that writing from the heart leads to one’s truth; in other words, emotion and inspiration are one and the same.
Student-centered learning must be student inspired. To that end, the exercises and projects contained in my book are designed to engage students emotionally. Teachers will find that, when they are, they will be happy to study, and improve, their work.