#sol19- October 22, 2019
It’s October and life is feeling a bit hard, but reading a few posts for inspiration I see I am not alone.
Sunday was the National Day on Writing and although I am not living in the US the last few years we have commemorated the day in class. We started by reading A Squiggly Story.
“Yesterday was the National Day on Writing,” I said, and I want you to take a few minutes to reflect on why you write.”
“You can do this in any way you like. You can write in sentences or not, use color or not. If you need more space use the other side of your paper, but we only have a few minutes before recess.”
There was a flurry of excitement (maybe because I said ‘recess’) and I was peppered with a few questions.
“Can we write whatever we want?”
“Of course, if it answers the question.”
“”Can I write just one reason?”
“Sure, if that is your one reason.”
“Can I write that I write because you make me?”
“If that is the reason you write.”
In the end, I loved the variety of their thinking and the way they presented their work. The picture does not do their words justice.
Later, I reflected on my own reasons for writing and noticed that I have lots in common with my third graders. Sometimes I feel like I only write because someone makes me, but that someone is me. This year I am not writing nearly as much as I’d like and there are 101 reasons why- I have too many projects on the go at the moment and I am not juggling my time as well as I would like. When I looked at my reasons for writing I remembered why I like to write, and so here is a nudge to myself to make it more of a priority going forward. We are just two weeks away from starting a poetry unit and that will be just the push I need.
It makes me so happy that Zhi Hong (a student from 3 years ago) sends me his slice every Tuesday. If he can show up, then so can I!