Yes, yes we do. And for those of you who were wondering, no, we don’t really have the whole summer “off’, either. No, we do not have to get up and get dressed and go to school, but we spend many, many hours learning new things that we’ll use in the next school year, planning with our grade level teams, reading and writing, and well, just becoming better teachers so we can help out students even more effectively in the fall. Ok, but I digress….
So that being said, one of the exciting learning adventures I’m taking part in this summer (along with Mrs. Meihaus and Mrs. Berger–a few Robinson teachers you may know!) is an online writing camp called Teachers Write!
Every day for the next couple of months, there are assignments posted on the Teachers Write blog, and we do them and then post what we write for others to read. Seems easy, right?
That’s totally what I thought going into this. I mean, I’ve been a writer for many years. Not a published author, but a writer nonetheless. I thought that this writing camp thing would be a piece of cake. But cake it is not.
Ok, let me explain. It’s not necessarily the writing part that is hard for me, it’s the sharing part. Up to this point, I’ve primarily written for myself and my students. If I share my writing, it’s on my terms, when I want to and how I want to. Usually its pieces that I’ve chosen to write, and I share them during the revision stages, so that my kiddos can help me fix it up and make it better. That’s scary in itself, because kids can be really honest, but again, it’s on my terms.
This is a whole different ball game. This time it’s writing prompts, and the “campers” I’m sharing with are other teachers and–get this–published authors! Talk about pressure.
But I signed up for it, right? And what an amazing opportunity for growth as both a writer and a teacher of writing. So I guess I’m game. Nothing but good things can come of it, and no one will die in the process. I just need to put my pride aside and let people teach me something. Goodness knows I have tons to learn!
Alright. Here I go. Taking the plunge. Jumping in with both feet. Wearing my floaties and nose plug and hoping not to drown. 🙂
Stay tuned for examples of my “homework.” I’d love your comments. Really, I would. 🙂