Write it!…. {Monday Motivation}

A great quote from one of my favorite books, Steal Like an Artist. Thanks, Austin Kleon! 🙂 Hope yours was a wonderful Monday!

Six To Consider: Writing Books Worth a Look

I've always got a stack of things to read, don't you? My stack's typically related to my latest interest or project. I'm a nonfiction reader, my current stack a mish-mash of art techniques and inspiration, small business ownership, and the craft of writing. When writing evaded me over the past year, I figured I'd read about writing … Continue reading Six To Consider: Writing Books Worth a Look

Finding the Words….

It's funny what we can learn from seemingly difficult situations if we just take the time and trust the process, isn't it? Lately, I've struggled with what to do when those voices inside our head take a break. Find the words and nurture the voices, of course! For as long as I can remember, words have been an important part … Continue reading Finding the Words….

Help Readers Read: Banish Boredom!

Five years into my teaching career, I decided to move from English Language Arts to Reading, specifically. I began working on my Master's in Reading Education, and while I learned a lot, my biggest A-ha! came not from the volumes of textbooks read or the 1,000s of words written. No, my biggest lesson came from my students. "Reading is boring!" … Continue reading Help Readers Read: Banish Boredom!

Week in the Rear View1

Earlier this weekend, I read Tara’s weekly Week in Review over at The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh! and got to thinking about ways to share some of the events that make up my own ‘life process’ in a week’s time. There are always so many things happening in our lives that influence everything else, and … Continue reading Week in the Rear View1

Process is Messy

In my high school classroom, I have a poster:  Writing is messy.  My students' interpretations fall somewhere between, "Well, yea, my handwriting IS messy!" to "No, that's not true. I have nice handwriting, so my writing isn't messy."  What's missing from their interpretations? The real meaning of 'messy' as it relates to learning. And so begins our year-long discussion … Continue reading Process is Messy

Writers Write….

I keep reading this. I keep not doing this. At least, not online. I do write. A lot. In my head. Since returning to the classroom fulltime in Sept 2011, my days are filled with teenagers, lesson plans, grades, more teenagers, questions, answers, epiphanies, and frazzled moments. Oh, and more teenagers. For an age group that … Continue reading Writers Write….