Tuesday, September 26, 2017

{change is...} #sol17

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Change is ...

How would you finish that thought?

There are so many different ways to think about change. Change can be necessary. It can be healthy.  Change can be positive or it can be negative. Change can be lonely. It can be a personal choice or a decision that has been made for you. Change impacts our thoughts, our emotions, our present and our future.

It's only been a little over a month. Five and a half weeks. Forty-two days to be exact.

All that time in a new school in a new role. Learning quickly that a new school means new rules. I'm learning all about the school's culture, new administration, new expectations, new colleagues' and teachers' names, new personalities, and new students. All new students.

Time spent building trust, rapport, and relationships. Differentiating for teachers and teams. Being responsive to the needs, questions, concerns. Jumping in to help. Being available for a meeting, discussing assessments, modeling, planning a lesson, sharing a book.

Setting high expectations for myself. I'm not trying to fill anyone's shoes, but rather "own" my new shoes in this new role in a new school.

Smiling. Some moments that's all I feel I can offer.

Only one month in ... Some days I feel like I'm making a home for myself and some days I still feel like a visitor.

Change takes time. It isn't (always) supposed to be easy. This change is stretching me and expecting me to grow.

Change is ... go on. Finish that thought.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

{#EnticingWriters, #EnticingMe} #sol17

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I started reading Ruth Ayres' free preview of her new book ... Enticing Hard-To-Reach Writers as a teacher ... and then her words spoke to me as ...

A writer.

You see, Ruth and I go way back. (She maybe doesn't remember it.)

2011.

My babies were not even a year old and one February day during nap time for my girls, I stumbled upon the TWT blog.

Ruth enticed me then ...

I started a blog. I started writing. I just started and didn't quite understand why because really, what new mom of twin babies has any time for anything -- let alone time to write?!?

But I was enticed, invited, encouraged. I joined the Slice of Life Story Challenge that March with an amazing group of writers, many of whom are still around writing today.

I write because it's my story to tell.

Fast forward to today ... another Tuesday, another Slice of Life. It's been a few weeks since I wrote in a notebook or on my blog.

But there's Ruth ... again ... enticing me to just write.

Her stories are amazingly REAL and raw. She makes me laugh. She makes me cry. She makes me feel like I'm not alone in this mother-teacher-writer world ... that at times can be hard.

I have to believe that my words matter so that I can encourage my writers that their words matter. And our words collectively can make a difference in this world.

Thank you, Ruth, for yet again enticing me to write tonight.

One of the MANY embedded inspiring Tweets to share in the preview copy!