Archive for December, 2010

Thanks to all teachers!

I’ve finished up my yearly pilgrimage to teach eight fifth grade classes about mystery writing. These are drive-by teaching sessions, lasting only an hour each. The program is funded by a grant that pairs suburban classes with city schools–and the contrast is quite remarkable. The physical surroundings vary enormously, and so do both the teachers and the students. Though I must say that a dynamic teacher who keeps good control of his class can work wonders with 28 kids from a less affluent city school district.

I really love seeing the kids “get” the idea of shaping a main character or developing a story. In some classes, the questions come faster than I can answer them. I always leave with a sense of gratitude for full-time teachers. What a job! Wonderful work, but demanding and exhausting. Makes the work of a writer look almost easy…