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My students were thrilled with the idea that we could invite a real “author” to visit our classroom and talk to us about how she writes and polishes her work. None of them was expecting a bright-eyed, energetic teacher wearing a pig nose. I watched in delight as my diverse class (with several students dealing with learning, emotional and mental challenges) were spell-bound by Monica’s wit and off-beat charm. Bums were bouncing in glee with her story-telling and eagerness to contribute to her “what if…” activity. Kids who were often disengaged gave Monica their rapt attention; kids with many different levels of academic ability were involved and thinking and learning.
Monica’s visit was a highlight of our exploration of the craft of writing and one that I know has positively influenced every child in that room.