Writing is a highly personal process. Providing feedback on a student’s work must be done in a way that values his or her contribution, yet guides the student on a course of steady improvement. As home educators, it’s often helpful to have someone other than a parent provide that feedback. Our tagline is “Instruction through encouragement” because that’s exactly what we do. If a student is afraid to produce content because it will be judged as incorrect or inadequate, then we have no starting point—nothing to work with.
Founder, Gathering Ink
Co-founder, Mosaic Freeschool
In July of 2011 I co-founded the co-operative learning community, Mosaic Freeschool. We started in a library with 13 students and within the following school year had doubled our enrollment. When I began working with our students nearly six years ago I could not have imagined all of the diverse classroom experiences that now exist both in-person and online. When I left the Northeast in the spring of 2013 to move to the Houston, Texas area, I had only a vague idea of how I might continue to interact with all of my wonderful students.
Thankfully, I was given that opportunity in 2014 when we decided to pilot a year-long online literary analysis class for our high school students. The experience was surprisingly interactive and we quickly began to see the benefit of adding online classes to our normal on-site class offerings. I believe that a vast number of homeschoolers find online classes not only convenient, but valuable. While I hope the collaborative in-person experience is never fully replaced by online alternatives, I appreciate the opportunity to deliver high quality language arts classes to our homeschool community.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with students both in-person and on-line in the Houston area, as well.
Angela Harris is co-founder of Mosaic Freeschool and a homeschooling mom to two never-been-to school kids. She started Gathering Ink in June of 2013 as an extension of the writing instruction and guidance she has provided students of many different ages and abilities. She has taught journalism, creative writing, and literary analysis to middle school and high school students and enjoys sharing her love for writing with others. Angela has been trained in the Brave Writer method and uses techniques inspired by Peter Elbow.
She is dedicated to the advancement of alternative education choices, creating the web-site Raising Autodidacts in 2011 to further explore the idea of fostering the self-taught individual. She has contributed to the on-line magazines, Education Revolution and The Homeschool Post.
In the fall of 2019, she began teaching language arts and history full time to middle school students at Great Oak School, a Waldorf-inspired private school with a holistic, natural approach.
Contact Angela at [email protected] with questions or for further information on her approach to writing instruction.