Last Post of the Year
2007 has been an amazing year for me professionally and personally. Though it was not without its challenges. (Are writing teachers allowed to use double-negatives or is that bad form?!!?)
I´m so pleased that Ruth and I had the chance to meet in March, which afforded us with the opportunity to expand our horizons. We´ve developed a wonderful friendship. Additionally, Ruth is someone that I turn to when I need advice on my teaching practice in all areas, not just writing. I´m grateful for her friendship and for the opportunity to co-blog with her.
As a teacher of writing, I hope to develop a bit more clarity with regard to the way I use notebooks in my classroom. I thought I mastered it, but I still feel like I have a lot more learning to do. I will elaborate on that in the days to come… I promise.
Further, I´ve come to believe that being an effective writing teacher isn´t just about crafting good units of study for your students. I think it´s really about instilling a passion for the written word in them. Ideally, when my students leave my classroom, I not only want them to write better, I want them to want to write because they have a desire to communicate through the written word and because they have something to say (and they want someone else to listen and take notice of what they´re writing about).
In the next few days, I´ll be crafting my hopes and dreams for the year of 2008. Hopes and Dreams is something that my students do as part of the Responsive Classroom Curriculum. However, it´s something I began doing to do, as a teacher, a couple of years ago. Just as my students revisit their Hopes and Dreams midyear, I revisit mine. Tweaking them is part of what moves you forward as a person. Hence, I invite you to begin thinking about your hopes and dreams for 2008, rather than just making a New Year´s Resolution. What do you hope to do personally and professionally this year? What do you dream will become a reality for you on the brink of this new year?