Lincoln/Roosevelt School Holds Q & A with Author
Lincoln/Roosevelt School Holds Q & A with Author
ROXBURY, NJ (April 4, 2019) – Students in Roxbury Township used the marvels of technology once again to make connections in their studies Wednesday morning thanks to the Lincoln/Roosevelt PTO and Media Specialist Karen Fasino. Fifth and sixth graders at LRS were able to experience a virtual Q&A session with author Rob Buyea.
Buyea is known by the students for his “Mr. Terupt” and “Perfect Score” book series. With the use of Google Hangouts, Buyea held two half-hour long sessions, one for sixth grade and one for fifth. Each grade was divided into three locations, the Media Center, the Auditorium, and the Team Room to create a more intimate setting for asking questions via Skype.
Many of the students having been familiar with Buyea’s work asked him numerous questions about his writing career and his inspiration for characters and storylines.
Students from both grades submitted their questions to Mrs. Fasino via a Google Form prior to the session. Just some of the questions included:
- What do you like about being an author?
- Did the books you read as a child inspire you to write now?
- As you age, you think differently, but your writing shows exactly what a middle schooler is thinking. How do you get into the mind of kids and write their thoughts so well?
- Has being a teacher helped you with your books?
- What kind of research do you do and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
- If you could go back in time and give your younger writing self some advice, what would it be?
Buyea shared with the students that he wasn’t a big reader growing up. He was serious in school but didn’t become a reader until he became a teacher. He taught third and fourth grade for six years in Connecticut and taught high school biology for seven in Northfield Mount Hermon. He explained that nobody but a reader becomes a writer, emphasizing the importance of reading.
Fifth-grader Madelynn Anderson asked, “Why did you start writing novels?”
Buyea shared how as a teacher his students inspired him. “I started writing to be a better teacher of writing. I started creating examples to share with the students. You notice something and you stop, think, and wonder. You can find ideas where you least expect it.”
When Luigi Spezza asked how many hours a day Buyea writes, Buyea said, “It all depends on the day. Every day may be different. Today I’m Skyping, tomorrow I’m traveling, but yesterday I wrote for five hours. It can change depending on what’s happening on the day or in my life. If you’re serious about writing though, find 20 minutes to write every day. Be consistent.”
Isabella Contreras inquired about Buyea’s research methods. He said he doesn’t do a lot of research through Google or anything like that. He sees that research can be fun. It’s not necessarily looking things up. “Research is fun with field trips. You see the sights, sounds, and feelings when you’re there. It helps to you know how to write about that experience. The experience can help you write about it in a better way. You can take pictures, take it all in, and even ask questions.”
Meghan Lockman asked, “If you could go back in time and give your younger writing self some advice, what would it be?”
“Read and read wildly! I would start a writing notebook, just a place to collect ideas. Write down about big trips, something big that happened to you, school projects, etc. Memories and experiences turn into good story potential,” said Buyea.
Wrapping up the fifth-grade session, Buyea imparted these words of wisdom, “Do not be afraid of failure. Failure makes you stronger, better. Set goals for yourself to achieve. The journey to success can be hard. Keep plugging away at it.”
Prior to the Q&A session, fifth-grade teachers, Elena Tunstead and Tiffany North had their students work on Dollar Word Posters tying together their math and literacy assignments. The challenge was to find words that equaled one dollar when you added up all of the letters like the character Luke did in the book “Because of Mr. Terupt”. Each letter was given a value, A was one cent, B two cents, C threes cents, and so on. This fun math project had students working together to come up with Dollar Words. The posters created were hung from the balcony in the auditorium for Buyea to see when he was Skyping with the students.
PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury Schools)
- Virtual Q&A Author Visit with Grade 5 in the Media Center
- Virtual Q&A Author Visit with Grade 5 in the Auditorium
- Dollar Challenge Posters
For more information, contact: Roxbury Community School/Community Relations Coordinator Ann Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-584-7699.
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