Day 1 of the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Challenge has arrived. I had planned to spend my February break gathering ideas in my notebook and starting to write posts so that when March 1 arrived, I’d have some material ready to go. I could just cut and paste stuff into my blog. But, alas, March 1 is here and I have written nothing. Not one notebook entry. Not one blog post. Nada. Absolutely nothing.
I am disappointed in myself, but I have a growth mindset. So all day today I’ve been telling myself, “Well, I haven’t started yet…..” And so here I am, starting.
I’ve decided to start with a bit of a plan. We talk to our students about the importance of rehearsal before writing. We encourage them to jot ideas in a notebook, tell their stories to a partner, plan across pages, map out a story or article. I’m going to do just that. I’m thinking that maybe I’ll try to organize my SOLC month into mini writing units. Here’s my plan (for now):
Unit 1: Social Action Writing: I’d like to think and write about what’s happening in the world right now (We teach kids to write in order to understand and to consider multiple perspectives. I need to try that.)
Unit 2: Poetry: Our second graders are entering a poetry unit and I’d love to try out some of the work we are asking them to do, especially in the area of revision.
Unit 3: Informational Writing: Maybe this is a good place to write about coaching, teaching and learning, developing agency, and other topics.
Unit 4: Reflective Writing: I’ve always wanted to keep a reflective journal and write about my teaching and learning on a daily basis. This might be the place to try that out.
There. I’ve started. I’ve written my first post. I’ve planned a journey. Now, let’s see where this journey takes me. After all, isn’t that the point of being a writer?