It has been a long time since I have written for this blog. The world has been spinning like a merry go round out of control. I would say there has been just to much of to many things.
This school year started off rough and continued to build into a scattered mess of papers, to do lists, and behavior forms. Personal writing was the one thing I needed for my sanity and the one thing that kept getting dropped of the list each night as I struggled to be ready for the next day.
As teachers we know the struggle to keep our heads above water – lesson plans, student reports, grading, behavior plans, learning communities for professional development – I could keep the list going and then there is just the day of holding 28 students of poverty together to learn. It is all good stuff but…
This week I fell off the merry go round with a short ride to the hospital for a kidney stone. So small an irritation but so powerful the pain and rising blood pressure. I was amazed that this tiny stone, really no larger that a grain of sand, brought me to a complete stop.
All in all the stop was sorely needed. This is day two of being at home with nothing from my classroom to work on. I have finally cleared my head to begin to write again. A small sense of peace and quiet has entered my thinking and the missing words are forming again.
What I know is that writing is a way to reflect, to slow down and look around. It should not take a ride to the hospital to get here! I need to make some changes! I need to keep putting the missing words on paper even after I return to school. It is important for me but also important for my students – to see a more centered teacher. A teacher who writes to relax, to learn and to share!
Perfect timing – the March Writing Challenge is almost here and I am determined to stay with it! See you every day in March!