Today begins the first day of my favorite summer writing camp – Teachers Write! Created by Kate Messner, this camp encourages teachers of all disciplines to be brave with their writing and share with an authentic audience which includes other teachers and published authors. For more information on Teachers Write click this link: http://www.katemessner.com/blog/. For those participating, make sure to share your blog posts on Twitter using the hashtag #teacherswrite so we can share in each other’s writing!
Last summer was the first time I had heard of this virtual writing camp. I was a Twitter newbie still trying to figure out the difference between a hashtag and a handle. I was invited by my friend Greg Armamentos to join in the fun and WOW – what an experience! It was the first time I had ever contemplated putting my writing “out there”, for public consumption, to be chewed, digested, and possibly spit out.
I had to be brave. I had to take a chance. I had to make that jump.
Now as I reflect on the past year, I find myself with laces tied, arms outstretched, ready to make that leap again.
Today’s Teachers Write challenge asks us to make a quick list of all that we wonder, just to let your mind wander and document your thoughts. This prompt gets my spirit excited because it’s the exact challenge I want to give my students as we dive into #GeniusHour next year, finding inspiration for our #PassionProjects. What a perfect way to delve into writing topics that engage and excite!
Here is my wonder list for today:
I wonder why five year olds have an innate ability to know when I’m sneaking away trying to write.
I wonder why those same five year olds are always hungry.
I wonder who created Perler beads and how they realized they could create images from melted plastic.
I wonder when my mom will be called back home, her time here on earth complete.
I wonder what inspires teachers to have a growth mindset.
I wonder how I can be everything to everyone at all times.
I wonder why I can’t let that one go.
I wonder why some colors match and others do not.
I wonder why there are Girl Scout cookies still sitting on my counter.
I wonder what passions people are repressing.
I wonder how to encourage, inspire, support.
I wonder if I am meant to write in first person or third person.
I wonder if anyone would purchase a book I write.
I wonder why ocean waves roar and sinking sand shifts.
I wonder if my spirit really can soar like eagles.