Douglas Wood

Literary Arts and music

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Teaching Artist Statement

As a published author of more than 30 books for children and adults, I have the experience of having presented to literally thousands of schools across the country. Over the years my goal has remained the same – to bring to every school the best author/artist experience they have ever received.

Explore and Nurture Creativity in the classroom

Through the use of my own books and stories as a point of departure and teaching template, with a strong focus on the connecting medium of story-telling.
Through the use of music, using guitar and interactive singing as a medium of teaching and expressing the joy of artistic participation and collaboration.
Through the use of my own personal story as a poor student who had great difficulty learning to read, yet through perseverance became a successful published author and musician.
Through the use of humor, warmth, and spontaneity. Along with commitment and depth of knowledge base, these are iessential tools in forging a real and meaningful connection with students.

Residency Projects

EarthSongs and EarthStories: Is a program for large group audiences/assemblies, based on my books and music recordings, in which students explore and celebrate their connection to the natural world. “Painless learning “ and audience interaction create a journey of self-discovery

Miss Little’s Gift: Is an educational and motivational presentation based on my book of the same title (recognized as a Smithsonian Institute Notable Book). I explain my story of being a poor reader and student who struggled, and still struggles, with ADHD. Focuses on the difference books and reading can make in a life.

The Power of Words: Magic, Meaning and Metaphor. This smaller group workshop engages students with language and writing skills as a path to experience and understanding in life. Used with purpose and clarity, words can be among the most powerful forces in the world. Interactive writing, sharing, and editing included.

A Writer’s Path: Follows my journey from first attempts at writing to a career publishing for books, magazines, and newspapers, focusing on the secrets and skills of successful writing I’ve found along the way. Also includes interactive writing and sharing.