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play by your own rules
What are your rules for working toward flow as a writer? How do you help yourself just “shut up and get on with it”?
If you're doing the Unfamiliar Genre Project correctly, you're probably wobbling right now. Write yourself a letter as a writer. Actually begin with phrase, "Dear Me." What are you working on right this minute? Where are you in your process? What's going well? Where could you use some help? What will you do next? Be as kind to yourself as you might be to a friend who could use some encouragement.
What is the power of "not yet"...
...for you as a writer-teacher? Think about the terms “growth mindset” and “fixed mindset” for you in your history as a writer. Also, was there anything you found to be problematic about her ideas? It’s okay to push back.
Who's your you?
What qualities make an ideal “trusted first reader” for your work? Who is the “one single reader” whom you can write to, someone who will really “get” you and benefit from what you have to share? Who’s your “you”? How can you be that reader for others?
Weebles wobble, but they don't fall down.
Looking back at the Teacher As Writer pose in Pose, Wobble, Flow (Garcia & O'Donnell-Allen, 2015, p. 76), pause for a moment and consider, where do you wobble as a writer in relation to these elements of this pose? What strategies can you imagine using that will help you through that wobble? How do you feel about wobbling as a writer in with your students? Will you do it? What are the risks and rewards?
Write a letter to...
...the President. What does he need to consider in his educational platform? What are the issues in education that matter to you? What could your government do so that you could create an optimal environment where youth and their teachers can learn and thrive? You're the future of education. Share your voice. (Wanna see a template for the letter that you can remix? Find one here.)
How do touchstone moments for students...
...compare to touchstone moments for teachers? Thinking back on your own schooling experiences, what were classes like that made touchstone moments possible for you as a writer/reader/thinker/human being?
Write a letter to...
...your future self on your first day of teaching. What do you really value as an English teacher? Get that down on paper so that you won't forget. In what ways do you imagine that you might struggle as you attempt to live out those values on a daily basis in your classroom? What are some ways you can make it through those challenges to be the really great teacher you have the potential to be?
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For the National Day on Writing...
...the National Writing Project, NCTE, and readwritethink challenged teachers to write about why they write and to post their responses to social media, using the hashtag #whyIwrite. For today’s Morning Pages, write about why you write.
the big wait
I love my school and my campus and I don't want to go anywhere else. But its lonely. This transition is so much harder in a way I never imagined. Theres not really anything to do about it--you've dreamed about this for years. You've wanted this your whole life. You've done everything you could to get here. Now what? When you realize this isn't exactly what you imagined, what you had hoped for, and you don't even know if you'll get what you want anywhere else. I mean, I can't do anything else except wait. Wait for the wind to change. Wait for the seasons to pass. Wait for something.