I was the student who hated writing…until the day I didn’t. 

What changed? Certainly not my learning environment. I was a 10th grader with a 2.2 cumulative GPA at a school on the west side of  Oahu that was known for high poverty and low test scores. 

By the time I was a senior, I was writing for the school newspaper, keeping several writing journals (the kind bursting with colorful sticky notes), and preparing to go to college with the hope of writing professionally. 

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Looking back, I’ve identified the events that took place that changed me from the student who hated writing to who I am today. 

So who am I?
Twinkle lights...Lamps...anything to keep all eyes on the board

I am a husband. I am a father. And I am a 6th grade writing teacher at a school on the west side of Oahu that is known for high poverty and low test scores. I get excited when I have students who openly proclaim that they hate writing or that they just can’t write. I know just how to help them! Quite often, those are the very students who, at the end of the school year, end up becoming some of the best writers in the class.

This blog is aimed at sharing those things that I do in my classroom that help even the most reluctant writers find access to the joy, power, and freedom of the written world.