by Krista McDivitt
Michael and I at here we inspire. Creative Publishing felt it important to start a blogging about all of the reasons why we are so passionate about what are do here. To begin with, I thought I would give you an idea about where this all started.
2017 – I was a high school visual art teacher when my school board, due to budget cuts, transferred me to an elementary school, teaching grade 5/6. I was always interested in teaching in innovative ways, like inquiry and project based learning, so I was eager to have more opportunity in the elementary classroom (once the shock and horror wore off). I was here I met a grade 4/5 teacher who turned out to have the same teaching philosophy and passion for education as I did. This teacher was Michael Slobodian. Throughout the school year we ended up collaborating and introducing our students to different ways of learning.
2018 – The beginning of this year marked the end of my journey through my Master’s study. I was tasked with a culminating capstone project that I was struggling decide upon. Michael and I discussed what seemed like a million ideas and eventually landed on authentic writing. It was then, I wrote the book The Value of Authentic Writing: A Guide to Publishing Student Writing. This was the beginning of understanding how important audience was to student writing.
2019 – Throughout the year, we became more and more obsessed with this idea that student learning should not be just for a teacher, but for a greater purpose. Michael and I began teaching together in Collaborative Classroom where we taught 50 wonderful students. During out time teaching together, we realized that we could do more. I knew that these students deserved the opportunity to be heard and valued for their ideas, their minds, and their words. “Here we inspire” was our classroom motto turned business plan.
Here we inspire. Creative Publishing believes that students can create amazing things that can be appreciated and valued in the real world. Our goal is to create a library full of books written by kids, for kids.
Below is an excerpt from my book, The Value of Authentic Writing.