My Classroom Conversation at an Elementary School in Los Angeles

My Classroom Conversation at an Elementary School in Los Angeles

Hello, writers!

I'm feeling very inspired today. My classroom visit last week plays a big role in today's inspiration. But before I talk about my "classroom conversation" at an elementary school, I want to encourage my fellow writers, specifically you aspiring authors. The best advice I can give to you is to think of the end goal. Think of the possible opportunities your book will create on your behalf. Let your end goal outweigh the overwhelming book-writing process.

One goal I have for all of my books is for them to be accessible to people in (and outside of) my community. Last week, I was blessed with an opportunity to speak at an elementary school in Los Angeles. I spoke about the importance of language capital and grammar awareness (but, of course, I broke the topic down so that 5th graders would understand). I challenged the students to think of the English language as a key that opens the door to many global opportunities (e.g. writing, teaching, government affairs). I shared the short version of my career story including teaching in South Korea. I also shared some book-writing tips and answered 1,535,546 questions about writing in general. It was a fulfilling feeling to see hope in so many students' eyes, and it reminded me of the fact that everyone has a story inside of them. Whether it's fact or fiction, I strongly believe that everyone has a unique perspective, family history, or life experience that is worthy to be shared.

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My Classroom Conversation at Compton College in 2017

My Classroom Conversation at Compton College in 2017

Hopefully, today's blog post will be motivating. Why? Because it shows me actively trying to accomplish one of my 2017 goals--which was/is to expand my brand by securing more speaking engagements. Well, I definitely spoke to more audiences than usual, but not as much as I would've liked to. In any case, I'm very grateful for the opportunities I had to enlighten people on the importance of proper (correct) grammar, language capital, and diverse teaching methods.

Here's the second video in my #ClassroomConversations video series. (You can watch the first video here.) I am in my element--the classroom setting--discussing ways that the home, school, and community can impact a student's academic journey!

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My Classroom Conversation at Compton College in 2016

My Classroom Conversation at Compton College in 2016

Happy Friday...Flashback Friday!

I want to share a video of my first speaking engagement at Compton College back in 2016. Why? Because I'm getting serious about speaking engagements and I thought sharing my "classroom conversations" would be a cool way for me to promote myself. (Sometimes you gotta promote yourself, right?)

I'm sharing this throwback video today because I want to encourage anyone who's uncomfortable speaking in front of people. Believe it or not, I'm uncomfortable speaking in front of people. I know, I know. As a current ESL teacher and former substitute teacher of seven years, I know it's weird to hear me say that I'm uncomfortable speaking in front of people. Perhaps I should word it differently: I'm uncomfortable speaking in front of people about topics with which I have no experience. Education...teaching...writing...I can talk about these things in front of millions. Well, not millions, but you get my drift. I have experience teaching students from multiple grade levels, and I have experience writing seven books as a self-published author. Therefore, I confidently speak to anyone about these particular topics.

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