What were we thinking? #SOL19 #writeout

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My husband and I love to hike. Our vacation time is often spent in locations with access to trails. A few weeks ago he suggested we climb Mt. Monadnock in southern New Hampshire, just over an hour from us. The foliage in our area is pretty spectacular at the moment, so the timing was perfect. How hard could it be? Monadnock is one of the most hiked mountains in the world with over 125,000 people climbing it every year, according to All Trails. The guide states, “The hiking trails are very steep in places and can be rocky.” Please note steep in places and can be rocky. Steep I can handle. I’ve done steep before. And hikes often have rocky scrambles near the summit and even at the bottom to get started.

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Um…HELLO! It was 2 hours of solid rock all the way up one trail and 3 hours of solid rock all the way down. And these weren’t rocks obediently laying down flat to step onto easily with your boots. No, they were upright, jutting out of the mountain’s bedrock, forcing you to use all the brainpower you could muster to make constant decisions. Which rock to land on? Which foot to lead with? Should I use my poles or disassemble them and stow them away in my backpack? Should I put my hand down onto the rocks to climb up? Nose over toes! Exhausting!

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But we made it, and we did it together. After we made it back to the bottom and sat down (very difficult to stand up again!) to our picnic lunch, we both burst out laughing. What were we thinking?

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Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday and every day in March. Won’t you join us?

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If I Hadn’t Gone For My Walk #SOL19 #writeout

Columbus Day is always busy at our house — yard work, changeover of seasonal clothes, a few extra moments to catch up on school work. But yesterday’s stunning weather beckoned to me to come outside and go for a walk. I listened!

foliage.jpgIf I hadn’t gone for my walk, I wouldn’t have see this spectacular foliage, it’s autumnal image echoing across the pond.

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If I hadn’t gone for my walk, I wouldn’t have spotted this mud-covered snapper as it left the safety of the pond and headed uphill. Why? I’ll never know! I asked, but it didn’t answer!

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If I hadn’t gone for my walk, I wouldn’t have seen this garter snake skitter across my path among the leaf litter. I jumped!

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And lastly, if I hadn’t gone for my walk, I wouldn’t have been able to tell my husband that I got lost on the same trail we always get lost on together, despite the fact that I had a map with me!

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Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday and every day in March. Won’t you join us?

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My Favorite Ten Minutes #SOL19

What were my ten favorite minutes of the day today? The first ten minutes of independent writing time during my daily Writer’s Workshop in Kindergarten. After the mini lesson has been taught, questions answered, and materials retrieved, my students and I settled in for ten blissful minutes of uninterrupted writing time. Yes, my students and I write, undisturbed for ten minutes. They are building their stamina, and I am mentoring them quietly. Some don’t even know I am, but I believe in my heart I am. At first they stare. Then that stops and they get down to work. Sometimes they whisper, “What are you writing about, Mrs. Wyman?” Often it’s a poem idea, but at times it’s a story.

I’ve heard some question my use of ten minutes, but I believe in my heart it’s the right thing to do. There’s still plenty of time for conferring, coaching, and sharing, but they need to see me living my writerly life, so they might learn to live theirs.

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Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday and every day in March. Won’t you join us?

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So let’s get started #SOL19

 

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Today’s the day. The first day of #TeachWritetober! I’ve committed to writing something every day. It can be a big something, a little something, or a something in between. Just something. It doesn’t even have to be shared. Just written. Committed to paper, virtual or otherwise.

I needed this. I have been in school now for four weeks and school, as it does every year, bumped everything that got in the way — writing, reading, cleaning, weeding, you name it. Just as the Slice of Life Challenge pushes me to write and publish on Tuesdays and every day in March, #TeachWritetober is going to get me back on track. I’m longing to write just for me — Anytime Pages, poetry, Slices, or even a journal article that’s drifting around in my head like the leaves that dance through the air on cool fall days such as this.

I’m ready, so let’s get started!

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Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday and every day in March. Won’t you join us?

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From the heart #SOL19

“Mrs. Wyman? I love you.”

Well that’s not something I hear every year on the first day of school! But it came from the heart of one very excited Kindergartener today during her one hour visit with her parents. She could have stayed all day if we let her, but that will come next Monday, when we shift to full day after three half days that begin tomorrow. 

I hope she continues to love everything about school. Chances are she won’t love everything. Who does? But I don’t know. Something tells me she will. There was something different about the look on her face

when she entered my classroom

when I shook her hand

when she found her cubby

when she peered out our observation window at the bird feeders and the woods beyond

when she met some new friends at the coloring table

when we gathered on the rug to sing and read a story

when we boarded the bus for the kids- and teachers-only ride around the block

I can hardly wait to give her the writing notebook wrapped up in tissue paper and a sparkly bow. Her first writing notebook, perhaps.

I hope she loves everything about school, and that comes right from the heart.

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Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday and every day in March. Won’t you join us?

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Who me? #SOL19

Ten minute PD workshop break? Just enough time to check emails. Such a busy time of year. Gotta stay on top of things.  

Hmmm. That’s interesting.

I don’t recall receiving an email from her before. Perhaps it’s one of those mass mailings to a list of people. 

Hmmm. It really is just to me.

She wants my permission to include one of my poems in an anthology? ARE YOU KIDDING? I better re-read that. NO WAY! Yes…I did read that correctly. This is a first for me.  

Breathe. Focus. 

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Many thanks to the crew at Two Writing Teachers, and the extended SOL community, for giving us the time, space, and encouragement to live the writerly life here each Tuesday and every day in March. Won’t you join us?

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