Dieter (Decker Times) and Daren (Short Stories) are finding success in publishing students work in a newspaper. Students are engaged in the writing process. They share the papers with facility staff, parents and friends.
Dieter had students write some opinion pieces that focused on life at Decker Lake with positives and negatives of it brought out in the articles. There were articles that dealt with color of shoes, Decker’s level system, and how Decker could improve for residents. One student explained Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and how it can help students interact more effectively with others.
Daren had students write short stories that dealt with everything from Friday 13th to a Rat in a vacuum. The stories were well written and fun to read. Daren said “A short story can have the ability to “move us”.” The stories that students wrote have both truth and fiction in them. Daren writes that “for students at AIM, writing short stories helps cut out the confusing parts in their thinking. Writing, or journaling, can help all of us make sense and process our own lives.”
Thanks goes out to these teachers for make the effort to allow students go be published.
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