...by observing the creative writing process that Tamiko shared with my students, and by picking up simple but useful expressions that she used often -- for example, she would say “think with your pen” during brainstorming sessions.
~ Tamiko Murray did a fabulous job in my classroom last fall as part of the TAPAS program, which was funded by the ACS Foundation.
~ I believe having writers like Tamiko come into our classrooms is extremely beneficial to our students. Local writers can share their passion and expert knowledgethat we teachers don’t have, and can inspire students and cause them tofall in love with writing, which can in turn lead to higher end-of-grade writing test scores.
Brew Davis, 6th grade teacher AMS
... to our little school. I think all things poetic went over very well with many students, especially one student, who seems to have found a community of voice, support, and camaraderie.
~ Tamiko and Janet, thank you so much for your immense help to prepare our kids for the Slam (and other poetic endeavors) this past weekend. I know they both had a great time and have been seen writing tons since then. I am grateful for your help and looking forward to the collaborative efforts that will arise out of the hours put into the classrooms. Thanks so much!
~ Perhaps it's the idea of free-writing and no 'correct' answers that [my student] just lets himself go with it. I think we can utilize this for his academic struggles.
Andra Cagle, Language Arts Teacher, Randolph Learning Center
Before Janet Hurley began her work with True Ink, there was no community-based programming designed to strengthen and foster a love of writing in children. My own son and many of my students have participated in her writing camps and workshops. She has organized local writers and artists to share their expertise with young authors.
Rhonda Sizemore, Reading Specialist, Isaac Dickson Elementary
Their work has had a very positive outcome on both the writing skills and disposition toward writing of students.
Janet has worked with students at Dickson for many years doing Writing to Change the World with our 5th graders. She has worked with kids to show them the power of words and has demonstrated this to them through publication, blogging, and other forms of media. This is a powerful tool. A writer herself, she can assist kids in the craft of writing as well as understanding the importance of written expression. I have been impressed by the quality of work students have turned out under her guidance.
Alida Woods, Principal, Isaac Dickson Elementary School, Retired
... I believe their confidence increased greatly due to the positive feedback from Ms. Murray and this, in turn, helped them achieve their potential. Both students met with Ms. Murray and I before the start of their freshman year and both had continued writing throughout the summer in the journals.
Moira Bradford, 8th grade teacher AMS
... which focused on how writing can make a difference in the world. Janet Hurley worked in my classroom for at least ten hours every week for three months. The children in my fifth grade class ate it all up. Partly they were eager for this real world talk and partly they were drawn in by her skills as a teacher. The children felt her investment in them and her investment of time inspired them to write phenomenal, thought-full essays.
May Castelloe, Teacher, Isaac Dickson Elementary, Asheville