You want to be an author?

So you want to be an author? I will tell you where to start…

There are two women who have made a career…no, I take that back…a life out of teaching people that everyone is an author. I was incredibly fortunate to have these two educators as my college professors. Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy are prolific authors who have published hundreds of children’s books, including poetry, plays, school curriculum and educational articles and books. Among their incredible breadth of work is a book called, Authors in the Classroom: A Transformative Education Process.

There is far too much to say about the theoretical principles and methodologies in this book in one post, but the overarching message of this book is that everyone can be an author.  There are 48 formats for writing books with teachers, students and parents. My copy of this book is the single most used book in my teaching library, stained with coffee spills (sorry to say) and marked with highlighters and post-its.

As a student of Dr. Ada and Dr. Campoy, I learned their empowering methodologies in their classrooms and in turn, took their teachings into my classrooms.

My absolute favorite exercise in the book is the “I Am” poem. The exercise is so versatile that I have taught it in elementary and university classrooms, parent education and teacher preparatory classes, staff development and even a professional business group. Each time the feedback from the participants was of utter surprise at how the format helped them to write and express themselves in a way they had never been able to before.

In upcoming blog posts I will share more ways I have used ideas from this highly resourceful book and the results from the practice. In the meantime, please visit and browse around this link that Dr. Ada and Dr. Campoy have generously shared on this book. Enjoy!




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