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#SOL14 – Gratitude


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How do you define success and happiness?

Two great posts recently include this from Kate and Maggie and this from Anna Gratz Cockerille.

As a “Slicer”. . .

I want to express my gratitude to the Two Writing Teacher blog and bloggers.  After meeting and hearing from five of them at #NCTE14, I am even more impressed with their prolific blogging, slicing, and “regular working lives”.  As with everyone, there is the need to be cautious and not burn oneself out in an attempt to do EVERYTHING!  I am very grateful for this supportive space to read, write and reflect!

As a “Blogger” . . . 

I want to express my gratitude to all those who follow my blog,  read my posts, and especially for those who comment.  I really appreciate knowing which ideas or words captured your thinking as you read my blog posts. We are all busy so I am very grateful for the extra time that you take to not only read but also to stop and comment!

As a “Tweeter” . . . 

I want to express my gratitude to my followers who RT and / or “favorite” my Tweets.  Special thanks to those who don’t moan on nights when the Twitter feed fills up during a # #T4Tchat or #TWTchat or a #TCRWP chat.  I love learning online and I am so grateful for the brilliant ideas shared!

As a “Reader of Professional Texts” . . .

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I want to express my gratitude to the authors (their families), editors and publishers of these great books that were a part of my professional development during 2013-2014.  Even more importantly, I thank those who participated in the book chats and freely shared their thoughts and ideas.  I am amazed at the new things I learn every day as I read and reread these books, and I am grateful for having met these fabulous authors! (And I am so fortunate that I can “wear” evidence of my PD in the form of an autographed t-shirt!)

As a “Fra-mily” . . . 

I want to express my gratitude to those of you who may also be in all the categories above but who have become a part of my friends + family as a result of our personal face-to-face connections (often over a beverage or dinner), Twitter chats, blogs and Slices.  You range from Arizona, California, Washington, Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maryland to Virginia, Georgia, and Louisiana.  It is an honor and a pleasure to “KNOW” you and I am grateful for the time spent with you sharing online, face-to-face, personally and professionally.

As a member of our “Literacy Team” . . .

I want to express my gratitude for those of you who are part of my regular work team.  Together we are better!   Sharing resources, information and learning helps us all grow.  A growth mindset allows us to be continually improving our own skills.  I am grateful for our collaborative nature.

As a “Sister” . . .

I want to express my gratitude to my siblings.  It’s been years since we have been under one roof for extended periods of time, but each family event provides many opportunities to share our hopes and dreams.  Sometimes we even reminisce about the past and we are at that stage where our memories may have faded but our enthusiasm remains.  I am grateful for our time together.

As a “Daughter” . . .

I want to express my gratitude to my parents.  Miss you, Dad, but think of you daily with so much love as I continue to appreciate all that I learned from you.  Mom, I’ll never master crocheting and quilting, but I love your work and still share hearts as I travel.  I especially appreciate your love and support across the years and the miles.

As a “Mom” and soon-t0-be Grandma . . .

I want to express my gratitude to you my readers who have graciously allowed me to share my stories.  I am proud of my growing family and can’t wait to share their brilliance with you!

I wish you all a happy, healthy, joyous, and fun-filled holiday season!

What’s your plan for sharing your gratitude?

Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy for creating a place for us to work collaboratively.

 

Slice of Life 30: Thank You!


(During March, I am blogging daily as a part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge!)  Special thanks to the hosts of the Slice of Life Challenge:  StaceyTaraDanaBetsyAnna and Beth.   More Slice of Life posts can be found at  Two Writing Teachers .

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Kudos to the fabulous team at Two Writing Teachers and all the support that they assembled for this challenge!  Being a part of a community like this makes it “easier” to continue on each day!  Thanks to both Stacey Shubitz, SOLSC14, and Anna Gratz Cockerille, Classroom SOLSC14,  for their great “Be Inspired” ideas!  Thanks to the support team as well.  I had many questions for Elsie and her supportive responses soothed my apprehensions!

I jumped into this challenge because of two twitter friends, Julieanne Harmatz (AKA @jarhartz ) who blogs at “To Read To Write To Be” and  Catherine Flynn (AKA @flynn_catherine who blogs at “Reading to the Core.”   Check out the past slices on the blogs of these two talented ladies!

Thanks to all “Slicers” who read and commented on my blog during the “Slice of Life Challenge.”  Special thanks to those who commented a LOT including:   Julieanne, Tara, Catherine, Anna, Elsie, Stacey and Carol.

Writing every day for a month has helped me continue to work on my own writing.  I will reflect on forms and topics tomorrow in my final post for the month.  It’s possible that I will join “Slice of Life Tuesday” or another regular weekly posting.  I must do some work on my calendar to determine feasibility over the next couple of months as I modify an online graduate course and also plan for summer work.  This month has shown me, again, how important it is to both respond to other bloggers and/or tweet out their links.  The connections in the community are THE BEST!

But most importantly, this Slice of Life Challenge has confirmed my belief that teachers of writing must also be writers!

Again, Thanks!  This has been fun!  This has been great learning!  This has fueled my writing soul!

Slice of Life 27: Summers


(During March, I am blogging daily as a part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge!)  Special thanks to the hosts of the Slice of Life Challenge:  StaceyTaraDanaBetsyAnna and Beth.   More Slice of Life posts can be found at  Two Writing Teachers .

 

I am building on Anna Gratz Cockerille’s post from yesterday, based on work by Ralph Fletcher at #tcrwp last summer.  (Don’t take my word for it!  Go read the post so you know exactly how to write this kind of poem!)

 

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SUMMERS

Sometimes I remember
the good old days

Walking the bean fields to remove
the cockleburs and corn

Playing baseball with the cousins
in front of the barn

Eating Muscatine melons
and celebrating the summer

Swimming lessons at the park
grocery shopping after

Bike rides around the block
some days, all the way to Riverside

I still can’t imagine
anything better than that.

What do you remember about your childhood summers?

(Check out Anna Gratz Cockerille’s post from yesterday for more information about creating this type of poem!)

 

Slice of Life 13: From Challenges to Turning Points


(During March, I am blogging daily as a part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge!)

When tax time hits every year, I yell loudly that I will change my spending habits NOW.  And yet I recognize that with 25% of the year gone before submitting my taxes that would REALLY require about 200% effort.

How do I turn challenges to Turning Points (courtesy of Anna Gratz Cockerille) in my story of life?  Do I want to change?
Is the pain great enough?

Let’s review turning points (a la Lucy Calkins, Units of Study, TCRWP as quoted by Anna Gratz Cockerille 3/11/14 TwoWritingTeachers.wordpress.com):

  • “Times they learn something new
  • Times they change their routine or way of doing things
  • Times someone close to them (or they themselves) act out of character
  • Times they try something for the first time
  • Times they do something for the last time (last piano lesson, last page of a great book)”

So a turning point in my life to avoid the “pain I feel at tax time” could be attributed to the second bullet  “…change their routine or way of doing things.”  If I want the result to be something different, then I must change my behavior.  (I think I hear an echo in my head!)

I have had a second, summer job for 30 years. (No summers off for me!)  That “job” has always paid for my “book habit” and yes, I need a 12 step program to curb my work-related spending.  At tax time, I go on a rant and declare, “This year will be different.”

By the end of April, you may hear a whimper as I visit a bookstore and collect a stack of books.  I will mentally review the total and put at least three books back on the shelf.  Or it may be that app that I want to try that will “organize me!”   But by July, all thoughts of my “declaration” are out the window as I explore the school supplies on sale in every store!

Do I really want to change my routine?  Is this a turning point?
What turning point have you encountered lately?  Did you recognize it at the time?

Special thanks to the hosts of the Slice of Life Challenge:  StaceyTaraDanaBetsyAnna, and Beth.   More Slice of Life posts can be found at  Two Writing Teachers

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