My goal is to give you engaging lessons about language and grammar in order to help you communicate more confidently. I want to help you understand and love language!
David, Alice, Lenora, and Elizabeth O'Brien
My husband and I have two children, but I also think of Grammar Revolution as "my baby." :)
Why are you so passionate about grammar instruction?
The short answer is that I love grammar because I used to hate grammar.
Here's the long answer. I used to feel confused and overwhelmed by grammar. I thought that I wasn't smart enough to "get" it.
While in college studying Elementary Education and TESOL, I was teaching grade school and junior high students, and I was tutoring ESL college students.
But I had a problem ...
I had no idea what I was doing! I had
negative grammar experiences in my schooling that led me to think I
would never be able to understand grammar. I was self-conscious.
my teaching and tutoring sessions, students would ask me questions that
I had no idea how to answer. I would grope for answers in the books we
were using and babble some kind of unintelligible response that didn't
help my students at all.
I felt nervous, guilty, and confused. I would keep my voice low because I didn't want other tutors or teachers to overhear me.
One day, I decided to make a change. I was tired of feeling self-conscious about my grammar and my teaching. I made the decision to learn this material no matter what!
I took a grammar class the next semester, and I made a commitment to study everything until I understood it. Luckily for me, I had an excellent professor. She taught us grammar in a logical order, and she used sentence diagrams.
For the first time in my life, I was understanding grammar. I earned an A in my class, but the best thing was that my grade reflected the confidence I felt inside.
Since then, I've taught grammar in
a graspable, fun way to my own students, and I've made a commitment to
help other teachers and students who struggle with grammar. I've worked
with hundreds of people, created the Grammar Revolution website, and
created several courses and books to help people teach and learn grammar
in an approachable, interesting, fun, visual way.
Why do you love sentence diagramming so much?
When grammar concepts are taught in a certain order, people are able to understand and retain the information. When this proper sequencing of material is paired with sentence diagramming, it boosts people's understanding and enjoyment.
Sentence diagrams make the connection between words, phrases, and clauses visual. They show us the structure within sentences, and they are fun to create. They are like little puzzles.
If you don't know how to diagram, I'll help you learn! You can learn using our books and courses, and you can learn little bits at a time by subscribing to our free email lessons.
Are your materials right for me?
We have a wide range of wonderful folks using our books and programs.
- Classroom Teachers
- ESL Teachers
- College Professors
- Adults Who Never Learned Grammar
We recommend our materials for
fourth graders through adults. You can use our lessons to teach yourself
or others. They're very flexible.
How else do you spend your time?
When I'm not working on Grammar Revolution, I love hanging out with my daughters, husband, extended family, and friends. Here are some more things I enjoy:
- Learning to draw
- Being outside
- Reading personal development books
- Reading fiction (This book group makes it easy.)
- Baking and cooking
- Playing the piano
- Going on road trips and other fun adventures
- Doing anything with my family
Thank you so much for taking the time to be here and go on this grammar adventure with me. I know your life is busy, and I'm honored that you're spending time here with me.
If you dig our lessons, please share our website with your friends, family, neighbors, and grocery store clerks. :) Your support and word-of-mouth recommendations are what keep this thing going.
I look forward to helping you become a confident grammar lover!