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Full Circle (Ruth’s SOLS)

Today I had the privilege of working with the Warren Writing Project in Indianapolis. They invited me to present a keynote and a few breakout sessions about meaningful minilessons for their first annual summer institute. I was honored.

My first year of teaching I attended a keynote session at a conference and left thinking what a cool position it would be to offer inspiration to teachers through a keynote. Today I stood on the other side of a keynote, getting to be the one to inspire. I shouldn’t be surprise to sit here now and realize I received more than I gave.

Isn’t this what happens when we give? We get in return. It’s like we can’t out-give. The Warren teachers inspired me with their dedication and passion for their practice. They make me proud to be part of this profession. I’m refueled and energized by them. It makes me want to inspire and encourage educators even more. This is one of the best parts of my job — the inspiration and encouragement that often seems to come full circle.

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6 thoughts on “Full Circle (Ruth’s SOLS) Leave a comment

  1. I’m so glad you had a day of inspiration in Indy. Educators need more of these days. Keynote speaker–you have arrived! I am honored to know you and work with you.


  2. Ruth,
    Would you please send me a copy of the poem you shared yesterday with the Warren teachers? I would like to pass it on to my neighbor. Also, she would like to contact your neighbor about the passing of her son. My email is It was great seeing you yesterday and will see you again soon at Warsaw!



  3. I can’t thank YOU enough- you were an inspiration, a true, authentic teacher! Your two sessions were not just inspiring but also reinvigorating! One of my team members made the switch this year (because of some closings and redistricting in our district) from middle school Science to 5th grade general education. To say the least, it has been a challenging year for her and has been very difficult for her to learn the ways of elementary and especially writing workshop. After your two sessions, she came to me and said, “I have learned more from that women in two hours than I have all year.” Thank you, Ruth: for sharing, for inspiring, and most of all of teaching- not just children, but adults too!


  4. I hope you do share more of the day. It’s sure to be inspiring to hear for your readers, too. But I also understand about the getting more than giving, the circle. When I work in a group, it’s often my learning that’s enhanced, a real gift to be in such a group. Congratulations on your day.


  5. I am so excited for you, proud of you, and happy to know it went well. I knew it would. You inspire so many. I wish I could have heard it today, sitting among the people there. Can’t wait to hear more about your day.


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