J. Anderson Coats Visit

J. Anderson Coats Visit

Our class has an author who is mentoring us this year as part of the #KidsNeedMentors program.

Our mentor is…

J. Anderson Coats!

 Click on the picture to go to her website.

At the beginning of the year, she sent us a video and 5 books plus bookmarks for all students.

Her books are The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming and R is for Rebel. (Links are to Amazon)

Today, she visited us virtually through a Google Hangout. The questions from the students were phenomenal and we learned so much more about her personally and professionally.

What the Students Thought

  • It was fun and interesting.
  • Now I want to write a book.
  • Anyone can be a writer if they want to.
  • I am really looking forward to talking to her again. Now, I want to read some of her books!
  • I learned a lot of things about how to sorta feel confident about who you are as a person and how to let your writing have a special story to tell.
  • She was bullied, like everyone that has a good career in life.
  • She loves what she does.
  • Writing doesn’t always go your way and it’s not going to be perfect the first time you do it.
  • Authors are patient and driven.
  • Even if you can’t write, just try.
  • You can do something that you never think about doing for a living and be very successful with it. No matter how many ups or downs you have.
  • It was inspirational.
  • Authors are just like every other person.

J. Anderson Coats’ Words of Wisdom

  • “Every book is more different, some need more research. The voice happens differently in your head and the more you write, the better it gets.”
  • “Learn to write this book.”
  • “When you take risks, you get better.”
  • Nobody should feel like they can’t write because everyone has a story and should tell it. If you have any doubts, remember it is natural.”
  • “I learned that writing kept me going during hard times. It helped me feel better putting my feelings on a page.”
  • “Ideas come from everywhere. They intrude on your life, you have a thought, see something on the news, and it sticks with you.”
  • “I like to create something out of nothing.”

I am a middle school English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher.

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