Comments on: Inspirational Stories for Teachers Who Long to Write Education on the Edge Thu, 23 Jan 2020 02:38:47 +0000 hourly 1 By: Angela Stockman Sat, 07 Mar 2015 01:05:46 +0000 My relationship with you has no influence whatsoever on what happened with that little boy, Sandy. That is all you, your writing, and the way you connect with people the moment you meet them.

I have a deep appreciation for what is gained by helping others. Often, people think that when someone reaches out to be of service, it’s the recipient that gains and is rewarded most. This is rarely true, in my experience. My life expands tenfold when I have the opportunity to connect with and support others.

You’ve given so much to your students, to everyone at Studio, and to me. I’m so inspired by you. xo
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By: sandy barton Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:50:20 +0000 It is very gratifying to hear that a passion of mine has turned into a teaching tool. How do those things happen? I’ll tell you. How is it I stumbled upon a friendship with Angela Stockman because of my books, have gained invaluable insight from her about writing, and in turn have used it to teach others? Isn’t it lovely how the puzzle pieces of this universe seem to fall into place without us realizing what’s happening? Gathering moments and writing about them not only embeds memories into our hearts, but allows others to see the light those moments bring to life. Just yesterday I visited a school and was working with 4th graders. Our writing “lesson” focused on taking a small piece of the whole and molding it into something delicious. Just as Angela had shared, I encouraged the students to look at a few sentences and draw from their own experiences to make comparisons, add details, and let the reader climb into their minds to see what was going on while they wrote. Well, it happened. When all was said and done, one student was left in the room. He asked for my autograph. I chuckled, but then he went on to say, “I want to hang it in my room to remind me of this day. You changed the way I look at writing, and I think I did something really well today. I don’t think I ever felt like this before.” Luckily another teacher was there to witness this incredible moment. I thanked him, gave him a hug, and he left. I cried. It wasn’t so much what I did, as it was thinking about all of the pieces that had been set into motion that led up to that moment. Writing my books, meeting Angela, joining WNY Writer’s Studio, learning new tools, trying them out, having someone take the bait and hopefully watching a whole new world unfold for one student. Wow-it is stunning to think how we can all help one another! I’m re-charged.