For the month of March, I will be participating in the Slice of Life Challenge (#sol19) sponsored by Two Writing Teachers. I will be slicing each day for 31 days inspired by my work as a literacy specialist and coach, my life, and my fellow bloggers.
4/31 11 Things About Me As a Blogger #sol19
Here’s Trina’s reason for 11. I adore AKR, living in Chicago in my past life, I had the chance to meet her when she was still physically with us. Her enthusiasm was infectious.
One. I tried blogging six or so years ago or so, but couldn’t really find my voice or perhaps didn’t see myself as a writer yet. That first blog was about a summer reading challenge I did with my students. I blogged 1-2 times a year after that until…
Two. In 2016, while working with Clare Landrigan, she began to encourage me to write about my experiences with students and teachers as a literacy coach along with my observations. Why I decided to go for it, I’m not sure.
Three. In the beginning, I wrote my blogs out in google docs and transferred them to Word Press. Now I compose as I go, not over laboring the process. I keep a messy blog journal of ideas, March to March.
Four. I think that one shift, to just write, has been the most transformative in my blogging and in my collaboration as a literacy coach and writing teacher. Not spending so much time organizing and structuring knowing that I can go back to it has really transferred into my daily work with students and teachers. I thank many for that but especially my Connecticut friends and their deep dive into joy writing.
Five. (Can I make it to 11?) I would say my blog is slice(ish). I write a great deal about my practice as an educator, my inquiry, resources, and other practitioners’ work I admire.
Six. I’m streamy in my writing. I admire tighter structures in other blogs, but mine feels very conversational most of the time. It feels like the way I collaborate. I’m thinking about the conversation we might have about this idea.
Seven. I love metaphor… and simile. Perhaps it’s my midwest roots, but I’m thinking about how things are like others. I adore Lanny Ball’s post on snow as it relates to classes and students.
Eight. My welcome wagon commenter, Brian Rozinsky, is my saving grace. He’s funny. He calls me on it when I don’t quite make the connection stick. He has responded to every blog I’ve written since that March challenge in 2017. I can’t express how knowing he’s there makes me feel. He’s a close friend I’ve never met. (in person) Sidenote: his blog is NOTHING like mine. It’s witty and tight and amazing. Follow him at Cast of Characters.
Nine. I have a blogmance with a group of literacy coaches and teachers in Connecticut. I feel like they are my coaches. One or maybe two of them were in my welcome group with Brian two years ago and I’ve read all their blogs and tweets since. They have taught me so much. Shout out to Let’s Observe , Where There’s Joy, Writing to Learn, and their amazing gang for sharing ideas and encouragement these last two years. I love that I was able to be Five Hundred a Day‘s welcome wagon last year and follow Standingtall47. Your Blog PLC is one to be reckoned with.
Ten. I read someone’s blog in the last two days that said they don’t question that they are a writer anymore. They don’t question that they will come up with something to write about each day. I agree about that and I add that it has transformed the way I discuss writing with kids, the way I discuss writing with teachers, and the way I am willing to just write with both not worrying about perfection or judgement.
Eleven. I read a lot of blogs. I read 6-10 blogs in our slice group each week, plus follow those bloggers and others when they blog outside of the slice. I’ll write more about bloggers in next week’s Friday Follow, suffice it to say that reading their writing improves my practice in so many ways. Just like we tell people that reading more makes you a better reader, writing more and reading writing mentors in the genre you are working in makes all the difference. I’m so grateful to those generous writers who have encouraged me and taught me so much.