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.
Dream Home #sol19
March 19, 2019
Perhaps we started talking about our dream house when we moved out East. Maybe it was before that. It could have been when we actually build our “dream house” years ago. I’m not sure. Many of Saturday afternoon, over cocktails, on vacation, random morning talks have been not so much what a dream house might be, but where.
The talk has been getting a little more serious in recent years. Vacationing in places we might move when we retire. Thinking about real estate and bedrooms, pools and porches. Never actually getting to the place where we did something about it. We were looking, but not looking.
Then I read an article about a location that is said to be the next up and coming place. I looked up real estate in this location. A great deal was rough looking, not quite where I thought I wanted to live… For the first time, I said aloud… maybe we should buy somewhere before we actually want to leave here.
This statement shifted our thinking slightly. We are nowhere near buying a second house. However, I think we are in a place where we are going to explore with more purpose. Try a few places on for size. Perhaps plan.
Considering these ideas on my commute today, the thought occurred to me that this might be like changing curriculum. As I sat in our professional development today, I thought we could have stayed on the sidelines waiting for our ‘dream house’ to come to us, but we took on a ‘fixer upper’ two and three years ago before we quite knew what we were doing. Instead of saying, this current house suits us just fine, we jumped in on an opportunity and began renovations. Like some other renovations, these can be painful.
Renovating all the moving pieces at once is painful. Teachers need training and time to learn a new curriculum stance. Students do not have the foundational skills that some lessons, activities, and units presuppose. Their teachers are back to the drawing board, building a scaffold from prior years’ curriculums not taught fully yet. We don’t have all the materials that would make this build seem optimal.
This is the time for a barn raising. All hands on deck. We teach these folks some things who talk it over with others who try it with a few more. Those many say to the readers and writers, let’s give this a go.
I hope this house of literacy will be fairly close to completion before the two of us actually move to that retirement dream house. The learning community is not tearing down the walls anymore. Now we are rebuilding. All the supports are going to be stronger for the personal care everyone is taking.
Each year we’ve moved forward, mucked around, had some success. It might be a few more years until we are completely there. Being the pioneers that we are, we moved in before it was ‘move-in’ ready. We’re living in ‘construction dust’…