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Well, so, instead . . .

I committed a week and a half ago to #TeachersWrite.  I was ready to jump in and try some different writing.  I created a plan and even though I had no idea what I was going to write about -- I was going to write.

So far, I have nothing.  (Here come the excuses . . . )

Last week was the last week of school and it was crazier and busier than I ever expected.  End of the year activities and last minute projects.  Prepared treats for birthday celebrations and attended a retirement dinner and staff outing.  Volunteered at Feed my Starving Children with my church community group - by the way, an awesome experience and hope to share more later!  Oh, and did I mentioned that I'm a wife, a mom of twins, and there is always a list of things to do around the house???

Yeah, it was that crazy busy!  Then I received an email:

"Oh, and that post for #IRAEngage?  Could you get that to me three weeks earlier?"

So, I was writing, just not what I thought I was going to be writing!

I'm excited to share my second post on the Teacher to Teacher IRA Engage blog!  They created a new column, The Social Life: New Media Tools for the Classroom and debuted with a post I wrote about Goodreads: A Reading Community Heaven.

I hope you check it out and find it helpful!  (If you missed the first post I wrote for IRA Engage, I wrote about the exciting and very addictive Pinterest: Do You Have Any Pinterest in Learning More?)  Thanks for your support!


  1. I understand. I was ready to begin and have been writing but not how I originally thought. I loved your article on IRAEngage, great job!

  2. I think I say yes to too many things so like you, my vacation is filling up & it's barely begun! I'm off to read your article Michelle. How great is that, although you missed the other writing. We have till August, though.

  3. So proud that you are once again a "PUBLISHED" blogger! As for writing, you have to give yourself a break and not dig totally in at the moment. Make a commitment to write every other day or so. Love ya M

  4. I find it so cool that you write for IRAEngage. Now that school is over and the article done, you have many weeks to engage in creative writing. Or who knows what other kind of writing may be waiting for you. One is clear, reading and writing are part of your summer as breathing and playing.

  5. I really wanted to write as well, but I didn't even commit. Feel like I need to get my daily writing (blogging, choice lit articles, reviwing, and commenting on others blogs) in control first. These articles you've written look great - cant wait to spend more time with them later today.

  6. You are a writer, so don't worry about when, where and how you're writing! :) Such a great Goodreads post!

    BTW - talked another friend into starting a blog - she wants to capture the funny stories in life. :) Thanks for all the ripples your commitment to writing has started!

  7. Way to go Michelle! I just taught a 3 hour workshop on Monday on Goodreads and Twitter. I think I got a few teachers interested. I'm going to share this with them as a follow up! :)

  8. Here is my thought on a topic for your next article for your amazing writing;)...
    Podcasts. I want to know which podcasts I should try out as a teacher for PD and how to get into that realm.

    1. That's actually a REALLY good idea. Podcast primer. Michelle, you game?

    2. Oh, Dana, great idea, but it's not going to be me! I don't have any knowledge or experience in podcasts. Hopefully Lara will find someone else to write that great post. :)

    3. Understand completely! I don't either - thus why I want to learn more! You should be so proud of the goodreads and pinterest posts!

  9. Michelle, we love having you contribute to the Teacher to Teacher blog - and thank you so much for meeting the hectic deadline on your Goodreads piece! It was wonderful to have you debut the new column, and I can't wait until you write for us again. :)

  10. This is awesome Michelle! Way to go! I was wondering if you have had difficulty or know of anyone whose district blocks these kinds of sites because they are considered social network sites and then what to do if this occurs? Our district blocks goodreads, shelfari, fB, etc. any advice? Thanks for your post! I may be sharing it with district policy makers as a " Here's a reason this should be unblocked" armor!


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