Thank you Two Writing Teachers for creating this space for me to share my corner of the world.
I am in the midst of two milestones. I wrote my 500th post on Sunday, and four years ago next week, I wrote my first slice of life.
Little did I know how writing about milk jugs would change my life.
- I have met and connected with some wonderful people, not only in the blogosphere, but also face to to face.
- I understand how my students feel in the writing process. I understand their struggles of a blank page, and I understand their celebration for having written. No greater feeling exists than to put down the pen and say, "This is a pretty good piece of writing."
- I have become an advocate for teacher writers. My writing instruction is so much stronger because I write. I want other teachers to understand this connection too.
- I see the importance of story. Our lives are made up of stories; we just need to open our eyes and our hearts and our notebooks.
- I have become brave. I have written about topics close to my heart. I have shared my passion, and I have stood up for what I believe in the best interests of my students.
- I have become a better writer. We tell our students that they become better readers and writers through practice. Well, that works the same for adults.
- This space has become a catalyst for opportunity. I have presented at conferences. I have taken my writing beyond this space. And I know many more opportunities are within my grasp.
These are just a few reflections today, but I know there are many more.
So thank you Two Writing Teachers, my readers, and my friends, for introducing me to this writing community, encouraging me to continue, and letting me share a day in my life as a teacher, a reader, and a writer.