I'm on spring break and feeling reflective by the ocean.
I can't quite wrap my head around the month or so I have until my first year is over. I'm tired and looking forward to the long break, but, on the other hand, I feel like I'm just getting started. Here's hoping that next year I will have a least one class more than once. This year I had two courses first semester and two totally different classes second semester, so I stayed really brand new all year. I am ready to revise my butt off and make improvements to what I'm doing now that I have a better handle on what the big picture feels like.
I got some good news about this summer. I received a fellowship for a summer writing program, and the program seems a good fit for me. The program's philosophy centers around the idea of writers teaching writing. If I was to break their focus down into percentages, I would say it is 40% focused on teachers as writers, 40% on teaching writing, and 20% on leadership (jeez, i hope that adds up to 100%). I look forward to the writing workshops, reading groups, and exposure to lots of good lesson ideas and approaches. I will be, by far, the baby of the group, and I'm a little nervous about that, but I'm excited to learn from the experience of the other teachers.
I love teaching writing. I think I have a way of loosening up the whole experience so my kids aren't so stressed out about the blank, white page. They don't always write with originality or with decent grammar, but they write. Lots.
Sometimes about parrots.