Blog has been looking mighty neglected lately. (This, despite the fact I have been writing like crazy!)
For the past three weeks, I’ve been taking part in a writing project for educators. Monday through Thursday. 8:30-3:30. And here’s the best part. The first day of class was a week after school let out for the summer.
If you’re a teacher, you would understand that the last part would very likely be a deal breaker in participating in the class. If you’re not a teacher, I can only compare it to this: getting a puppy after your kids have all left home. Or maybe for you runners, starting a training program the day after a marathon. Or perhaps if there are any farmers in the crowd (of which I’m sure there aren’t, but I can’t think of any other comparisons), you could liken it to planting a field the day after you harvest. Get the picture?
Even though I look forward to summer as much as my students do, I feel a bit melancholy when the year is over. So, I preoccupy myself by cleaning and organizing my classroom. I go through my file cabinet and sort through the folders, filing items I no longer need in the circular file. I remove all the books from the bookshelves and place them into the correct basket (because somehow books never seem to find their way back to the correct places). This year I even rearranged my room. I’m sure the scuffs are probably still in the floor from sliding my desk across the room, and if I removed my toenail polish you would see my black toenail-that’s what happens when you drop a bookshelf on your toe. I also threw out dried out markers, inked up pens, and pencils with teeth marks or lacking erasers. I read through my lesson plan book, making reminder notes along the way, as I’m pretty sure summer will erase any intelligence I had concerning previous lessons.
Then, I crash. I’m good for nothing. I usually can’t even remember my name. That usually happens a week after school gets out (which just happened to coincide with the beginning of the writing project).
So there you have it. I knew all of this when I applied for the class. But I still applied. And I am so grateful that I did! Best class ever!! So for today, I thought I’d share a couple of the things that I wrote these past three weeks (and a couple of pieces that I majorly revised).
The Image in the Mirror
Next post? Lessons learned from a teacher thrust into the role of a student. Should be entertaining.