Author of six books, six blogs, and one website. Retired public school teacher and administrator. I have taught both special education and regular education. I have taught students from three years old to twenty-one years old. I am currently teaching GED classes at a pregnancy help center.
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Although I write both nonfiction and fiction, my strength would be fiction. I have always loved writing and taught it in any class I was assigned. I even taught it to first graders. Teaching six year olds to write can be both a positive and a negative. On one hand they don't have a large vocabulary, they also are not afraid to write. I found that the older my students got, the less willing they were to attempt writing.
In my blogs I do express my opinion. When writing nonfiction, I have a tendency to 'tell it like it is'. I write on injustice often. It seems there is so much of it lately. I am not very political, however, lately I have felt compelled to write about some of the rulings in our country.
I love to write recipes. I frequently open the pantry and throw things in a pan. I rarely have failures, although some are more successful than others. I do enjoy the challenge of creating sugar-free recipes.
As I was reading a YA novel written by a friend, I kept thinking about how I would teach it in a classroom. I contacted the friend and pitched the idea of writing a study guide to correlate with the novel. He and his publisher agreed and I started writing. I divided the novel up into sections and wrote assignments for language arts, math, science, social studies, and social skills. It was tremendously rewarding and has been a hit with parents who are homeschooling their children.
I love writing of all types, but fiction and study guides to correlate...
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