- I'd conduct one single session per month throughout the school year.
- In these one single sessions, I'd teach roughly 100 students at once in the high-tech auditorium.
- All of the students would be armed with their laptops.
- And most importantly of all: every student would write their own novella, using a common prologue that we would write collaboratively.
So yesterday, I talked about my journey to becoming a writer, drawing inspiration from everyday life (and eavesdropping) for writing, harvesting their field trip next week to BEIJING. Here's what the teacher wrote:Students in class were asking, "Can we write at home, or only at school?" When I told them that the novella was THEIRS because they were the AUTHOR and they could work on it whenever they wanted, they were thrilled! And when I asked who knew Mandarin well enough to "eavesdrop in Mandarin" during the Beijing Trip, a few usually shy students sat tall and proud with a grin on their face! It was beautiful.
I love how words empower teens! Their own words!
Anyway, I am now on my way back home to the states to speak at WLMA and cannot wait to be with my peeps: librarians and libray media specialists. Yay! Hamburgers, here I come!