Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Finishing One Story and Looking Forward to Begin Another - SOL 2021

I am currently taking the workshop in the image above. Cherylann Schmidt is an amazing instructor who is helping me make sense of Practioner Inquiry and the stories that can be gleaned from the work we do with our Scholars.

At the beginning of each session, we spend some time in our notebooks responding to a question related to the data we have collected. This past week, she asked two very simple questions.

  • Where did we come from?
  • Where are we going?
I'm not sure how much thought I gave to either of the questions before I started writing. Below is what came to mind.
  • We came from a place of questioning...our practice, our effort, our impact, our purpose.
  • We are headed toward understanding and revelation. - toward the ability to identify the stories our Scholars tell.

I know what you're thinking. Your responses are as simple as the questions. You might not be wrong. 

But, when I weigh my responses against the practioner I strive to be every year for every group of Scholars I have the privilege of teaching, those words carry a lot of weight; a weight I hope I can carry year after year.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Sometimes Things Go Haywire - June 10, 2021

Image by anncapictures from Pixabay  

So...the situation I write about below may not technically count as "going haywire", but it's dilemma for me all the same. 

As much as I welcome Summer Break, it comes with its own set of challenges. Namely the hours between 7am and 4pm. During the school year, those hours are accounted for. In the summer, I'm responsible for  making those hours productive.

I am keeping my routine for the most part, and I have an ever-growing To-Do list, but there are times in the day that I don't do much or I seem to get sucked in to doing something NOT on my list.

At the time of this notebook entry, I don't know how I will solve this problem. But, I do know I can't let time pass me by this summer. August will be here before you know it, and I will be writing about a totally different time problem...not having enough.


Just before I was about to hit "Publish", I heard a familiar voice (in my head and not my voice) telling me to keep a "Done List". A list of the things I get done during the day. Some of those things may not be on my To Do list, but I will have accurate account of what I have accomplished for the day.

I think I'll try it. Thanks Jennifer Laffin for being that little voice I hear that keeps me on track.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Pieces of Sanity and Jeweled Fragments of Calm - SOLSC 2021

Last Friday, my friend, Leigh Anne Eck shared the poem below by Alan J Wright. In her Friday Night Quickwrite, Leigh Anne invited writers to write with her in response to Alan's words.

My Friday Night Quick Write Response

I have read the first 3 lines (of Alan's poem) several times, and I can think of several instances in which I experienced "the stormiest of days". The most recent being May 22- May 31 when Rodney was in the hospital (in Austin) with a collapsed lung. 

In the midst of the confusion around how it (could have) happened, the  frustration surrounding when he would (actually) be released, and the discomfort of sleeping in a hospital ("window") bed (me, not Rodney), there were "pieces of sanity" through it all. It has taken a few days for me to get back in stride now that we are home, but I think I am finding "jeweled fragments" of calm.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Beautiful Blue - SOLSC -May 11, 2021


Yesterday, when I got home from traveling all the way to the Target on my side of town (picking up new pens ordered earlier in the day), from my school not on my side of town, there was securely wrapped package waited for me.

Initially, because of the size, I thought the sender had purchased, "The War of Art" for me (our next book club book). Though I would have appreciated receiving the book, I sincerely hoped it wasn't, because another generous gift-giver had already sent me the book.

I searched for a vulnerable spot in the packaging that could be penetrated without the use of extra equipment, and slowly began removing the wrapping.

It wasn't long before I was holding in my hands the MOST BEAUTIFUL BLUE, leather-bound, dot-paper notebook. I can't explain why I was mesmerized by the color, but I was (and still am). As I write this notebook entry, I really can't find the words to justly describe the color, so I chose a blue pen (this blue pen) to write with. 

The Beautiful Blue Notebook gifted to me by a MOST Beautiful Friend.
Thanks Jen.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Storms of Life - May 9, 2021

Storms of Life

*uncertainty of what is to come
*hardships associated with what currently is
*solutions/the end does not always come easy or when we want/expect
*worry can be inevitable

The storms of life come to make you strong. It's within the storms when you often realize what you are made of.

During to storm, a choice has to be made - often multiple times throughout - fight or flight, so to speak.

Many other thoughts are had also: 
Can I really handle this storm? Do I have what it takes? This is so hard? How will I ever get through this? If I hide/quit/ignore, maybe the storm will go away/work itself out.

I wonder how many people take time to reflect during or after experiencing storms in their lives? Do people evaluate how they have change as a result of their experience? What did they learn? What worked? What didn't? How are they different for better or worse as result of the storm?

This scripture came to mind as I prepared to write this post. James 1:2-3 says, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because the testing of your faith produces perseverance." (NIV)

As a woman of faith, I am still a work-in-progress when it comes to "counting it all joy" regarding storms, but my faith allows me to experience storms from a different perspective.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

Saturday, May 8, 2021

T-shirts and Quilts - May 8, 2021

This poem reminds me of the stacks of race day (5K, 10K, 13K) T-shirts I have accumulated over the years.

Most are currently folded neatly and stacked in a pile no longer being used for their intended purpose.

When I was a runner, as new shirts were acquired, older shirts were rotated out. But I never had the heart to throw any of them away.

Ironically,  I have kept my shirts all these years hoping to find a seamstress who will repurpose them into a quilt for me. 

I no longer run races, but I want to hold on the those memories in some tangible way.

I'm hoping my race day T-shirt quilt will be a constant reminder.


Thank you Leigh Anne Eck for inviting me to join Friday Night Quickwrites. You can write with me, Leigh Anne, and others on the Three Teachers Talk blog by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

It's All About Relationships For Me - May 4, 2021


Someone asked me what I am passionate about as a teacher.

A Teacher Appreciation Giveaway on Twitter required entrants to leave a comment about what I love about teaching.

I am passionate about knowing my Scholars. I want them to know how much I love them and how much more I believe they can succeed.

What I love about teaching is building relationships with my Scholars. I whole-heartedly believe in building relationships with students and not just with the students on my roster. 

Building relationships can be a CULTURE CHANGER for a classroom and a school.

I'd like to think that receiving this honor is evidence of my passion and my belief that relationships matter.

Finishing One Story and Looking Forward to Begin Another - SOL 2021

Teach Write, LLC. Writing Workshops for Teacher-Writers I am currently taking the workshop in the image above. Cherylann Schmidt is an amazi...