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Travis Leech, coauthor of Patterns of Power: Inviting Adolescent Writers into the Conventions of Language, grew up loving to read and spiral notebooks with stories of fantasy and adventure. He never enjoyed grammar instruction in school, and was never top of his class at diagramming sentences or finding the 10 mistakes in paragraphs riddled with errors.
As he began his teaching career in middle school English Language Arts, he was fortunate to find Jeff Anderson’s books Mechanically Inclined and Everyday Editing, teaching him a new way of grammar instruction: inviting students to notice, discuss, and practice grammar seen in “the wild,” that is, high-quality writing of published young adult authors. He has since incorporated the ideas of Anderson’s grammar invitations into his work as a middle school teacher, gifted and talented specialist, and now instructional coach in San Antonio, TX.
In his free time, Leech enjoys learning and testing out new recipes, reading, connecting with family virtually, and exploring the Texas Hill Country and beyond with his wife Keri and their dog. He currently lives in San Antonio, TX.