My Brain as a Teacher. . .My students need to finish their fairy tales. I need more coffee. I haven't seen so and so for two days. Am I doing enough? My house is a disaster. I'm buzzing, my feet hurt. Oh, I need to plan that social studies project. Am I preparing my students for the future that I know nothing about. What can I do to help so and so become successful? Am I doing too much? Why can't I sleep....
That was a glimpse into a part of my daily mind as a teacher. At my school our School Development Plan (SDP) is about writing. I am also a part of a Literacy Cohort in my school board that is exploring the concept of literacy across the disciplines and as a whole. There is a lot of talk about literacy (or whatever the flavour may be; Makerspace, STEAM, Loose Parts, Outdoor ED, Inquiry, Student Engagement, The New Math...) yet at times we seem to be doing everything yet nothing at the same time. Is this possible?
I'm taking this writing challenge to give me the opportunity to live an authentic writing life. To give myself the time to reflect, muse, vent, plan, and create. Often we are so busy with the everyday mundane tasks that we don't give space to things that will make us better teachers, colleagues, friends, human beings. I'm hoping to make the impossible a bit more possible. I'm hoping that in my muddled mind I can find some clarity. Clarity in my practice as a teacher, as a learner, and as a passionate lover of life.
Join me on this 31 day journey for the month of March with twowritingteachers.org/ and their 10th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge. #sol17