If you had told me — a year ago — that I’d be wearing a mask outside of my house, sanitizing every square inch of a shopping cart at the grocery store, and carrying a retractable door gripper on my handbag, I wouldn’t have believed you. And if you had told me I’d be working 100% remotely while my daughter attended fourth grade on an iPad in her bedroom, I would have ended the conversation — thankyouverymuch. I wouldn’t have imagined any of these things would be possible last fall. Yet, here we are in late-September 2020 and this is reality.
Right now, every member of TWT is working in a slightly different capacity than they were a year ago. Some have additional coaching duties while others are teaching new grade levels. Some have bought masks for their students while others have planned outdoor educational spaces. Some are balancing their positions while overseeing their children’s remote learning. Nearly all are getting by on less sleep.
As TWT’s Chief of Operations, I want our team of writers to stay healthy this year. As tempting as it is to continue to produce content every weekday this school year — as we have done for over a decade — I am concerned that doing so is not the right choice for the well-being of my colleagues and I who are not only working as educators, but who are trying to manage families and care for friends. Therefore, as of Monday, October 5th, we will be reducing the amount of new content we post our site — by half — for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. (Specifics follow below.)
As a team, we remain committed to bringing you high-quality posts about the teaching of writing. Given the circumstances we face this school year, reducing the amount of content each writer produces will help make this volunteer commitment more reasonable while teaching hybrid or remotely during a global pandemic.
Here’s what you can expect on Two Writing Teachers between now and June 2021:
- On Mondays and Thursdays: New posts about all aspects of the teaching of writing.
- On Tuesdays (year-round): Slice of Life
- You may dip-in and dip-out to this weekly writing challenge anytime you wish.
- On Select Fridays: Professional book reviews and the Voices from the Community feature will be shared. (Click here if you’re interested in submitting a Voices from the Community guest blog post.)
- Starting on Sunday, November 1st: A week-long blog series entitled “Meet Writers Where They Are.”
- Another week-long blog series will go live in the springtime.
- Beginning on March 1st, 2021: The 14th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge will start.
- In May: The Author Spotlight Series will return.
Sometimes one must adapt, adjust, and rearrange their life to fit with their new reality. This is one of those times.
On behalf of our team of writers, I hope you, too, will take good care of yourself this school year.
I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).