Organization Wishes and Happy Writing Dreams

Shhh! Come here. A little closer. Can I be honest?

The school year is winding down and I’m sadly recognizing the gap between the writing teacher I want to be and the reality of the writing teacher I currently am. The more I read and discover, the more I see I need to tweak, shift, or overhaul completely. I can give you a whole laundry list of reasons why it’s hard to implement this work (truly- there are many reasons!) but in the end, I want to do better and dwelling on all the obstacles doesn’t get me any closer.

My OLW for 2018 is “Do.” It’s about action and taking the small step toward improvement instead of lamenting about the way things are. So here are some of my “organization wishes” and “happy writing dreams” (Channeling Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous: “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams”) for moving forward towards my goal of improvement:

It’s a little embarrassing to share this list with you. I would love for you to think I have it all together, with perfectly planned minilessons, artfully prepped in my chart notebook, the just-right mentor text at the ready at any given moment, my conferring notes full of rich description, wise observations and insightful next steps. Alas, the truth is I’m not yet close to the writing teacher of my dreams. But I’m among friends, right? And we’ve got to keep it real. Knowing where I fall short is half the battle! Knowing how I need to improve and the resources that will help me is the crucial first step to improving as a teacher of writing. On social media, we sometimes show our best selves but the truth is teaching is very challenging and difficult work. We do the best we can, and when we know better, we do better. I know better and I’m going to put energy and effort into improving!

What are some of your “organization wishes and happy writing dreams?”