Yesterday we had a meeting with our “Summer Fun” ( Summer School) teachers. We talked about the value of actually writing when you are a teacher of writing. We discussed the importantance of doing ourselves what we ask of our students. This summer we have challenged our students to write every day for 10 minutes….therefore, we need to write every day for at least 10 minutes!
One of our fellow Slicers gave a brief presentation about the Two Writing Teachers site and how to make our own blog. From there we gave ourselves the gift of silence and we wrote. We wrote. And we wrote some more. I made some observations in my writers notebook about what I saw and what I was thinking….
17 teachers sitting side by side with 5 administrators…..all writing.
The serenity of the soft classical music playing in the background made our space feel very calming, relaxing and important. The “important” part felt just as good as the “calming” part. We were doing important work.
One teacher moved to a separate chair, away from everyone else. I’m guessing he did this so he could think clearer – be uninhibited as he wrote. Maybe he was just more comfortable in his new seat.
Some were quietly whispering. Chatting about their writing. Smiling.
Pens were flying on the paper. Looks of determination and of tranquility on their faces. Great vibes throughout the room.
Flipping back through writers notebooks. Perhaps looking for inspiration. Maybe reliving certain experiences and thinking about writing some more.
A few possibly dealing with writers block? Maybe. But, never for long.
In my own notebook I am writing about how proud I feel to be a part of this growing community of writers. Excited that we may have new members very soon. Humbled at the brain power around the table. Satisfied with the accomplishments of those who have come before them. Looking forward to more writing sessions with my colleagues. Thoroughly amazed at how the act of writing can bring so many people together in one time and place. Grateful for the personal and professional reward gained from this session – for the teachers, their families, their students….the world.