Thursday, March 30, 2017

What's Left?

This is the next to the last day of the slicing challenge and I'm searching for a meaningful and interesting idea for a post. I have lots of blog posts from other bloggers saved to use as inspiration, but I'm not feeling them right now. I just spent thirty minutes looking through blogs for more ideas. Nope. The only thing that comes to mind is this: "Everything's been written already. What else do I have to say? It's been said." You know what those words tell me?!?! That the judge is taking over. I'm too tired to push it away effectively. I've nudged that voice over enough to compose these words, yet I feel doubt regarding their importance. Writers...We write. We tell stories. We tell the truth.

"Is any of it original? Is that even important?" NO. Stop!

I showed up here. I searched and listened and searched some more. I tried and failed. I tried again and now I'm writing these words. Are they brilliant? Nope. Why? They tell my story today. I'm struggling to think creatively, yet I showed up. I'm here doing the work and that's what writers do. What's left? Write. Show up. Push through. Do the work. The words will come. The story will emerge as long as the writer is there.

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. Join us at Two Writing Teachers.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My Day in Six Word Memoirs

My day (Tuesday) in six-word memoirs...

Alarm woke me, well rested.
Cheerios. News. Walk dog. Get coffee.
Beautiful sun shining over the school.

Suddenly, rain pouring from the sky.
Thunder and lightning make it exciting.
Lots of debating, writing, and reading.
Big news. Good news. Transitions. Beginnings.
Days almost over, time to write...
Only two slices left. I'm sad...
but proud of this accomplishment. Yay!


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. Join us at Two Writing Teachers.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Words Hurt, Words Heal

Yesterday was Monday. It was very Monday-ish too. Mondays usually don't bother me, but yesterday, it got me good! To quote the brilliant Judith Viorst,

What happened? Words happened. Words hurt me. Words frustrated me. Words shamed me. Responding to these situations isn't easy. Sometimes I fight back and other times I let go. Today I did a little of both, but most importantly I turned to my own words. Writing helps me sort out issues. Writing brings me peace of mind. Writing often answers questions that I didn't even know I had. Here's a poem that poured out of my day...

My notebook became Mine today.


I grabbed it
in a moment
of pain and
despair.

It’s in this moment
when the pages
offer comfort
and protection
they become part of me.

It’s in this moment
where trust is earned
by guarding and preserving
these words, these sentences,
these stories.


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. Join us at Two Writing Teachers.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Sacred Words, Sacred Friends

At a conference this weekend, I heard a speaker say that writers see and experience the world differently. Something happens and it becomes fodder for our notebooks (or blogs). We see life as a series of stories. I agree with this characterization and I feel grateful that I am a writer.
My friend, Christine, is also a writer. We met as writers in a writing group more than ten years ago! Our words connected us immediately and they still do years later.
Words are sacred to us. We notice them. We share them. We ask for feedback when we write them. Words are sacred and it seems that only writers truly understand that relationship. Christine lives far away now and we rarely get to see each other, but our friendship remains strong through the sharing of our words. Words from my friend mean so much to me. They lift me when I'm down. They show me who I am when I forget. They guide me to better places. They keep me company when I'm alone. Here are some words shared between us via social media since we live more than fifteen hundred miles from each other.








My wish for you is that you have a friend who shares their sacred words with you.


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. Join us at Two Writing Teachers.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Introverting


It's been a busy week
filled with
teaching students
coaching teachers
presenting at a conference
meeting new friends
and reconnecting with others.

Six long days of
smiling and asking questions
listening and solving problems
moving and creating
until today
Sunday

Truly
my day of rest
my day of
introverting.

A day of being
A day of quiet
A day in my pajamas
A day of comfort food

Introvert as a verb
To turn or fold inward
I will introvert
to recover
to recharge
to take on a new week
with new
challenges,
discoveries,
and opportunities.


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. Join us at Two Writing Teachers.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

How Do I Notebook?

Here is my presentation for the 
Northern Virginia Writing Project 
Language & Learning Conference! 
Enjoy your journey as a notebooker!


Why I am a Teacher


I teach students
I care about the whole student
I want to know what your story is today

I teach readers
I want to know what book you're reading,
and what you think about it and how you found it
I don't care what your lexile number is

I teach writers
I want to hear your story
I want you to be messy and creative
and I want you to take risks
I don't care if you get all of your
commas in the right place

This is why I am a teacher
It's not because of a five paragraph essay
It's not because I care what level you are
I don't teach numbers
I teach students!

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. Join us at Two Writing Teachers.