summer writing

Flying

My favorite seat on a plane is by the window. Most people like the aisle seat because they can stretch their legs out every now and then. But I’m happiest curled up peering out that small window. Yesterday as we headed home, I was there by the window watching the mountains, lakes, roads, and clouds go by. The sky was blue just overhead, but far away in the distance, there was lightening: three bolts touched down. I could see the rain falling, too. We actually flew through some clouds next, and I remembered Roald Dahl’s chapters about the Cloud Men …

Location, Location, Location

Over the weekend, I read an article in the NY Times about writing outside by Carol Kaufmann. Read it here. It got me thinking about locations and inspiration and writing. I started wondering what would happen if I had my students do their writing work out in the garden on our campus. So Monday morning we went out. Kids picked spots in the sunshine, grass, flowers, and by the apple tree in the corner. And they wrote. After my students did their writing lesson, I had them do a quick-write. They wrote about how writing outside changed their writing or …

5 am

I’m woke up this morning an hour before the alarm. The beginning of another school year is nearly here. I have a training to go to today. There are still new things to learn for me even after twenty-eight years of teaching. During the summer, when my life is pretty stress free I typically sleep very well. But when I have things to get done, to think about, to learn, I wake too early with my mind racing. This morning I’m thinking about new students, new technology, and new Common Core Standards. Will I be able to construct and present …

Why Writing?

The world of writing is undergoing a revolution. Think of all the new electronic ways to write. There are emails, e-books, text messages, instant messaging, blogs, web pages, and social-networking sites, just to name a few. Parents and children may send text messages to each other many times a day. Teens send text messages to their friends sometimes a hundred times a day! I’m sure that most families now have members who use these methods to communicate. Are you surprised to think of that kind of communicating as writing? It is. And electronic written communication is growing in popularity and …