Final SOL #31
Wow. I never, ever, ever thought I would call myself a writer. I have learned so much about myself over the past 31 days…and I’ve done it with a lot of help from my friends.
I have been so impressed with some of our youngest fellow slicers; the students. I cannot even imagine putting myself out there, in this way, when I was a teenager. I am so pleased they have teachers who are willing to put in the extra time that it took to set up a class blog. They probably had to give explicit directions to their students to ensure public safety on the Internet. LOTS of extra teaching on that subject! These kids and teachers are amazing.
I was also thrilled that Ralph Fletcher wrote a guest post on the Two Writing Teachers blog. Everyone in my district loves Ralph’s writing – teachers and students alike! Ralph’s post spoke directly to me. He quoted Don Graves; “…Good teaching in the Language Arts starts with a teacher’s own literacy. He fervently believed that L.A. teachers must be readers and writers.” To that I say….YES! Nineteen of us in my district have taken on this challenge. Many of us have discovered that we have the stamina and the drive to get in there and write every single day. Some thought they couldn’t do it. Some thought they might be laughed at. Some thought they had nothing to write about; no stories. Some thought poetry was out of reach for them in their writing (me). Some couldn’t wait to get started! It didn’t matter at which point we began….we are all ending at the same place today.
I have talked with my colleagues about how this challenge has changed them. More importantly, I have read my colleagues’ writing and I see, through their words, how they have grown, and become confident writers. I appreciate how they’ve brought this learning to the students they teach. We will all be richer for their learning.
The pride I feel is overwhelming. We are forever changed. We are joined together as a group of writers and we will always remember March 2013 as the month that we became full fledged writers. A funny aside….one of my colleagues told me…”I knew you could write good memos, but I didn’t know you were so creative!” Thank Goodness I will be remembered for writing more than just good memos 🙂
A quote from Ralph’s new book…”Keep listening. Keep your radar out. Take everything, because it is matter for your work. No detail is too small.” Mary Tallmountain.
We did it!