I have written before about why teachers should write more books. I had another experience today, that I wished I could share with others.
I presented to my class a couple of copies of Kevin and the Triple Creature today. I had several students who were particularly asking me to be the first to read them when they would be ready. I learned to predetermine who would get the books first. I almost had a, let’s call it an “aggressive disagreement” between students, when I dropped off copies of Kevin and the Three-Headed Alien. Lesson learned.
You could get picky and say that phrase didn’t come from the above scene. You could.
(Aggressive disagreements are similar to aggressive negotiations that Jedi’s have. Just minus the lightsabers.)
How many other writers can say they had to stop an “aggressive disagreement” over being the first to read their books?
Today my two students brought their copies of the book with them to lunch. They read them while walking to lunch.
Those copies came from this box.
I wish you could experience that.
This is why teachers need to write books. I have so many teachers tell me they want to write a book. If you could experience this, you would be motivated finish that book. Students will be impressed that you wrote a book. They will be motivated to write like you. They will send you their books for you to review.
Teachers, write your books.
I know that several of you that follow this blog are teachers. I also know from talking with you online and in person several of you are trying to write your own books. And several of you have just thought about writing books. If you have just thought about making a book but can’t think of an idea. Get over it, start writing ,and make a book. It will make you a better teacher.
Write a book just to see it here. Trust me. (P.S. image not from my school library)
After years of teaching first grade, I was moved this year to teach fifth grade. I was surprised that several of my students did not know about my Kevin books, because the first one is in our school library and it was mentioned on the school announcements. I know. How do they not know!
So recently I brought in a copy of Kevin and the Three-headed Alien, and I wrote the book with third graders in mind, but these 5th graders were competing to read one of the copies I brought to class. A lesson learned is that in can be very hard to narrow a children’s book to a very specific age group.
My class asked if everyone could get a copy. What a wonderful request. A request that I cannot afford. (Some how people seem to think I get the books for free. Cheaper? Yes. Free? No.) But with two copies in the class students have a waiting list to read the book. You are missing out if you never experience that as a teacher.
To alleviate stress in the class I changed my lesson plan, (don’t tell my admin) and did a shared reading lesson on my own book. I read the first chapters and the students made connections with the text. They made personal connections with the text and made connections with other texts.
As a writer this is unbelievable access to how your market is connecting with your work. As a teacher I have engaged my students more. Now they are creating their own books in class. One student told me they were going to upload their book to Amazon. Engaging your students and inspiring them to create their own work is why more teachers should be writing.
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Seriously, people go write those books.