One of the things I appreciate about blogging is the opportunity to reflect.
So for the last day of March 2022, I listed the 31 things I learned and/or relearned this month. Some need explanation. I’ll save that for future posts.
About my writing
- Mentor texts are essential.
- Whatever I’m reading reverberates in my brain and comes out in my writer’s stance/voice.
- My writing territories include cats, students, books and gardens.
- I don’t do enough notebooking.
- Writing with my students allowed for self reflection.
- I can write on my phone.
- Photographs provide entry points.
- My favorite time to write is Saturday morning.
- Interaction with other writers always inspires.
- Goal setting is about resetting and adjusting daily goals with the end goal in mind.
About teaching writing
- Mentor texts should change as student expectations/goals grow.
- Sentence starters are not to be avoided, but to be abandoned.
- How’s it going my favorite way to start a writing conference.
- Varying the pace of student’s drafting/revision cycle can be powerful.
- Students’ ability to feel comfortable with choice varies.
- Student writing spotlights parts unseen.
- There is never too much notebooking.
- Poetry seeps into writing even if you only teach it once a week.
- Holding students close to a mentor text can reap rewards.
- Memoir has become one of my favorite units to teach.
- I admit I could be wrong more than ever before.
- I question myself less.
- I care less about what others think.
- I worry that I care less about what others think.
- I’m finding ways to avoid adding more without feeling guilty about it.
- I prefer quiet spaces.
- In spite of number 6, I love being with children.
- Teachers are my second favorite group of humans, children being my first.
- I seek out story in all forms.
- There are never too many books.
About this year’s Slice of Life Challenge
- Even though I questioned my ability to continue, I am so glad I did.
Sending out gobs of gratitude to
the Two Writing Teachers blogging team
and all of those who participated.
It was an honor.