It is so exciting to be a writing teacher. I get to be present at birth. I see it on the faces of people. They get it. Writing has become part of them. I’ve taught in the community and for eighteen years I taught in prison. Now I teach in a drug and alcohol rehab facility. In all these places I have watched people come alive. They get the message and then they run – often way past me. They know all the rules instinctively. They work hard at their writing.
If you have the chance, teach writing. While I work for pay sometimes, I volunteer way more times. No matter where, when the light comes on in a student, it’s a moment of joy and great reward for a teacher.
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