Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.
Collaborating with colleagues is a great way for professionals to exchange successful ideas. Recently, I met with my college friend, Elaine Scott, who is a retired first grade teacher. Of course we were "talking shop" and she shared a simple technique to encourage reluctant writers that was very successful in her classroom. These ideas can easily be used by parents to encourage writing at home.
For some children "getting started" is the hardest part of writing. They don’t know what to write about, and this causes anxiety. Thanks, Elaine for these simple and effective ideas to help young children become good writers!