Teaching at the Teachers’ Convention


I’m excited about teaching at the Association of Christian Schools International teachers’ convention in Anaheim. If you’ve seen my newsletter for November, you know that I’m giving two seminars, one on grammar and one on fantasy.

Fantasy, you’re probably not surprised about, but grammar? 😮 Yep, and I even enjoy doing it. The thing is, I’ve learned so much more about grammar since I became a writer. No, not the nuts-and-bolts of verb identification, or anything like that. Rather I understand more clearly the function of grammar and how we actually learn to write.

If you’re wondering, it’s no different than how we learned to speak—we imitate. So if you are exposed to good literature, if someone reads aloud to you, chances are you will be a better writer because you will unconsciously imitate the writing you read and hear.

There’s more—specific stuff teachers can do to incorporate grammar in with reading and writing. I’m sure you’d all love to hear the whole talk! 😉

The fantasy workshop is fun, too. Last year when I was putting out handouts, I overheard a couple teachers talking and they were wondering which side of the fence I would come down on. Happily, they were all smiles when they left—and I only had a dozen or so walk out. 😀 Just kidding about that last item.

Actually I’m up front about my bias. I tell them right at the start that I write Christian fantasy. The main thrust, as I’ve written here a number of times, is to encourage teaching critical thinking, but I also get a chance to introduce these educators to Christian fantasy. Earlier I asked a number of writers if they would like to make some books or bookmarks available for these teachers/librarians.

I had a generous number of items donated. I’m still uncertain how best to make these available, but part of the problem is that I don’t have a clue how many will attend. Did I mention that the fantasy seminar is on the last day of the conference, during the last time-slot for seminars?

I remember those convention days. After non-stop workshops, trolling the aisles of the exhibit halls for freebies or for things you want to tell your principal you really NEED, after meeting and greeting friends working in far away places, after attending the morning and evening general sessions, by the end, your brain feels fried. Sort of like writers’ conferences.

That’s when I get to teach—at the end, when the brains are all well-done! 🙂

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Published in: on November 20, 2007 at 6:00 am  Comments (4)  
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