Day one... I know I can do this but what a challenge this is!
I woke early this morning eager to begin this journey. (I stumbled across this challenge when I was researching Lucy Calkins and implementing her unit on responding to reading. The challenge tugged at my heartstrings, my mind and my determination to become a better writer and teacher of writing.) I poured my morning cup of coffee, added my caramel nut pod creamer and opened my iPad to begin. There it is the first post, the first inspiration, the first blogs to read. I read them all, soaked in all the information and then writer's block set in!
What do I write about? I could write about the car show that my family is going to in a few hours and has been going to for the last 26 years. (That's a long time right?) I could write about my sick college boy who came home because he still needs his mom (Who doesn't and wow did that feels good!) I could write about my classroom chickens and the joy that it brings all the students. (Chicks are incredibly cute before they come chickens). There are so many things.....
Then it occurred to me, that this is what my students feel like when they are asked to write an open-ended free write. The grab your pencil and just write for 10 minutes kind of write. Stumped.... overwhelmed...anxious.... it was just soooo much. I froze, I rehearsed in my mind, I brainstormed. All of the things we ask our kids to do when they write and it was challenging. So, I went to the posts of others. I used them as mentor texts and the feelings became worse. Oh my goodness, these people can write. Will I be good enough? I can't write like they can! So, I took a pause, a breath and second to clear my mind and this post came out. It is in the clarity of a pause that I realized that the challenges of writing the first post (or any writing) is when the magic happens. The posts do not have to be fancy or awe-inspiring, they just need to be. I just need to put pen to paper or in this case, fingers to keyboard and write. I need to do what I ask my students to do. I got this!
So, let the challenge begin, I am ready! Day one is done!