NY Times: With More Than Yawns, Pupils Rate Teacher’s Book

For these 15 minutes every week or two, the children have a chance to soak up Mr. Imwalle’s passion for writing. They see that creative writing requires hard work, revision and risk — a risk that their own teacher is willing to take. And they discover that contrary to the usual order of things, they have something to teach him.

“It really has gotten them excited about writing,” said Mr. Imwalle, 32, who lives in Oakland. “Seeing their teacher try to do it brings writing closer to home. It bridges the gap between published novels they see in the library and the idea that they come from a person and a process.”

You know, I’ve always been aware of the importance of letting your students see you read.  However, I never considered the importance of letting them see you write — and to share what you write with them (besides writing you do to introduce a lesson or as a class).  Interesting.