Hope :: Keep Pushing Through

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. And again. And again. Life is hard! I don’t care how happy or put-together someone looks. I can tell you from experience that the ones who seem to be holding things together the best are usually the ones who are falling apart the most. I don’tContinue reading “Hope :: Keep Pushing Through”

Education :: Choosing a Setting

The first time a student writes a story in our classrooms, the setting is probably one of the last things they consider. Think back to many of the stories they read in Kindergarten through Second Grade as a class. Many of those stories – though great at teaching sharing and friendship and dealing with emotionsContinue reading “Education :: Choosing a Setting”

Education :: What is the Purpose of the Story?

When you’re playing many games, such as chess, you are playing with a specific purpose in mind. In chess, the purpose of the game is to take out the opposing player’s king. A game of Monopoly is over once someone has bankrupted everyone else. A game of tic-tac-toe is won when a player gets threeContinue reading “Education :: What is the Purpose of the Story?”

Education :: Why the “Why?” and “How?” are so Difficult

When it comes to writing the “why” and “how” of a story, there are a lot of reasons this is so difficult, especially for our young writers. For those who teach these young writers, it’s extremely disconcerting when you get the same story over and over again. The stories might have different characters and aContinue reading “Education :: Why the “Why?” and “How?” are so Difficult”