Caution: Do Not Read This Book!

It’s an interesting concept: invite a group of children who never met me and have limited writing experience and even less life experience to join a publishing group that promised a book with their work in it after ten hours of instruction and writing. Ten. I fretted, a lot, and thought about the best ways to establish trust with third and fourth graders who saw me half as a new teacher and half through the eyes of "Stranger Danger." During the first class I was welcoming and warm and told stories from traveling that made them laugh. When it was time to write, most students wrote less than two sentences. The second class started with one of Sharon’s stories about growing up in a large family

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