I'm sitting at home.
I breathe in and out...in and out.I'm processing.
Today I spent the day with amazing educators.
We wrote together.
We asked questions.
We began our journey together.
The NVWP ISI (Northern Virginia Writing Project Invitational Summer Institute) is an intense and life changing four weeks. This is my third time participating in it and it remains a powerful experience.
Our day begins with yummy gourmet snacks and managing the minutiae, like parking passes and paperwork. That's followed with morning pages...silent time to write. Settle in and write. What a gift...time to write! Here's a little of what I wrote:
Lauren Jensen enthralls us with her wonderful presentation on profile writing.
We jump right in, partner up and begin interviewing each other. Listening and learning someone's story is compelling. I found the process exciting and productive and I'm busily writing and revising Matt's profile. It's a big responsibility to share someone's story and I want to tell his story in a creative and interesting way. He deserves it.
After lunch I spoke about blogging and twitter and how both of those things have changed me as a teacher. I am hopeful that more teachers will try twitter and broaden their PLN. We are blogging at NVWP ISI and I am confident that this will lead to more teacher bloggers in the world.
We ended the day with our writing groups. My writing group is trying something new! We are going to be a hybrid group of online meetings and face to face meetings. Today we shared our expectations and made some plans. I'm nervous and excited to see where this will lead us.
Leaving room 447...
I think about all I've written today.
I think about the people.
I think about the tech problems.
I think about the traffic.
I think about the laughter we've shared.
I think about the questions we are asking.I leave room 447, ready to return tomorrow.
Thank you to the Two Writing Teachers for this amazing platform to write and share writing! What a wonderful community you've created! I'm honored to be part of it.
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