I need to get what? #SOL18

 

Just a sliver this week, as I finish up my last 8 days of school.

On Friday afternoon I heard three words I knew were inevitable — you need progressives. I’m not sure why I’ve been dreading them, but I have. For years, I’ve worn glasses for distance vision — driving, movies, and theater. But recently, I find myself sitting in the front row of meetings and presentations, so I can read the text on Powerpoints and other presentations. And I’ve found book print to appear smaller and smaller, so I picked up a pair of magnifiers at Target. This helps, but…

When you reach a certain age, this is bound to happen. But that doesn’t make it easier to accept. I guess I’ll embrace the news and an opportunity to go on a shopping spree for glasses and sunglasses at Warby Parker!

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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. Won’t you join us?

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Summer Reading #SOL18

Books

One of my favorite things about summer is having a lot more time to read. During the school year, I nod off in the evening after only 10-15 minutes of reading. On weekends, I feel conflicted about spending time curled up with a book when I know my “Honey-Do” list is a mile long.

During the summer, and Christmas and April vacation weeks, I go to bed early so I can rise with the sun and the birds and sink my teeth into a good book — after I’ve written my Morning Pages, of course!

I still have 18 days of school left, and my books are piling up. I better get cracking!

What’s on your summer reading list? I hope you’ll share!

  • The Wind in the Willows (Grahame)
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (Lancelyn Green)
  • A Wrinkle in Time (L’Engle)
  • A Wind in the Door (L’Engle)
  • Greenglass House (Milford)
  • Finding Perfect (Swartz)
  • The Playbook (Alexander)
  • The Crossover (Alexander)
  • Margaret Fuller (Marshall)
  • The Kingdom By The Sea (Theroux)
  • The Peabody Sisters (Marshall)
  • Code Girls (Mundy)
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend (Bivald)
  • A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry (ed. Milosz)
  • H is for Haiku (Rosenberg)
  • Sandpiper: The Life and Letters of Celia Thaxter (Thaxter)
  • Poetry of the First World War (ed. Kendall)
  • Native Plants for New England Gardens (Richardson)
  • The Genius of Birds (Ackerman)
  • Oak and Ash and Thorn (Fiennes)
  • Walden (Thoreau, ed. Cramer)
  • Sharing Books, Talking Science (Bang-Jensen/Lubkowitz)
  • Joy Write (Fletcher)
  • It’s all about the Books (Mulligan/Landrigan)
  • Engaging Children (Keene)
  • Kids First from Day One (Hertz/Mraz)

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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. Won’t you join us?

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Best Day Ever #SOL18

(School bus filled with 50+ preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders returning from an all-school field trip to Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm nature sanctuary in Lincoln, Massachusetts.)

“We will, we will ROCK YOU! We will, we will ROCK YOU!” sang the students on the bus.

“I love that song,” said Liam. “Do you love that song, too, Mrs. Wyman?”

“I do like that song, Liam,” I replied.

“Cool. Do you know Under Pressure? I REALLY love that song!”

“Yes, Liam. I know Under Pressure. That’s a great song. I didn’t know you liked Queen so much!”

“Are you kidding? I LOVE Queen! We have a CD and I love to listen to it at home,” Liam said.

“Me, too,” I said. “Queen is one of my most favorite bands!”

“Wow,” said Liam. “We have so much in common, Mrs. Wyman.”

“We sure do, buddy. My favorite song is Don’t Stop Me Now. Do you know that one? I’ll teach it to you!”

“Don’t stop me now I’m having such a good time
I’m having a ball
Don’t stop me now
If you wanna have a good time just give me a call
Don’t stop me now (‘Cause I’m having a good time)
Don’t stop me now (Yes I’m havin’ a good time)
I don’t want to stop at all…”
“This is best day ever, Mrs. Wyman,” he says snuggling in close for the remainder of the ride.
“It sure is, pal,” I replied as I snuggled back.

 

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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. Won’t you join us?

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I’m Persuaded #SOL18

I had my doubts. Could they do it? Would they get it? My Kindergarten writers have written amazing poetry, how-to-books, imaginative stories, even information books all year. But persuasive writing? How would my writers do tackling problems, real problems?

Perhaps my doubts were really in myself. Could I teach this type of writing unit? It is unfamiliar territory to me. Way out of my comfort zone. It’s not a genre that I have written myself, and writing teachers need to write.

Yesterday we launched. I was ready for the mini lesson. My chart was ready. The paper store was stocked up with poster, letter, poem, petition, and book-making paper, ready for writers to make their choices. And then this happened.

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Now I feel guilty that I had my doubts and questioned their abilities, my abilities. Now I know better. Now I know to trust. Trust in them and trust in myself.

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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. Won’t you join us?

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Kindergarten Joy #SOL18

The sun is shining brightly.

Not a cloud in the sky.

Light breeze blowing.

Recess is happening.

What could be more joyful than the squeals of two Kindergarten girls as they chase a tiny white cabbage butterfly through the newly mown grass?

Bliss.

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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. Won’t you join us?

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Happy Writing Anniversary! #SOL18

 

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Exactly one year ago today — February 20, 2017 — my writing life changed. Began, actually. I wrote my first blog post here on Wondering and Wandering. (Click here to see!) I remember surfing the net during February vacation week and stumbling upon a blog post mentioning Two Writing Teachers’ annual Slice of Life Challenge. I had never heard of it before. I dug around a little bit, read a few posts about participating, and was convinced it was a challenge I’d like to take. It seemed like just the gentle nudge I’d been waiting for to get writing, something I had been wanting to do for quite some time. Writer’s Workshop has always been my most favorite part of the school day, and I thoroughly enjoy sitting and writing alongside my Kindergarten writers. They get a kick out of watching me, too! That cold February day I heard the rallying cry loud and clear — that writing teachers need to write — and off I went! I honestly thought I’d be lucky to make it through the month. After March perhaps I’d post from time to time.

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So here I am. Still a humble, little blog with just 100 posts (SOLC Tuesdays and Poetry Fridays), 43 followers, 1,350 visits, but readers from as far away as New Zealand, South Africa, and India. Now that’s exciting! I can’t wait to see where this journey will lead over the next month. The next year.  I’m writing each and every day in my notebook thanks to Teach Write’s #DWHabit and I’m filling up my Writing Ideas Padlet to help get me through March and beyond. Feel free to join me there! Take an idea. Add an idea. Thanks for stopping by.

How did your life as a teacher writer begin? I’d love to hear your story!

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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. Won’t you join us?

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