|It's called Cal State Stair Master for a reason!|
My talk was on balancing the life of a writer with that of a teacher--something I struggle with all the time! I am no expert, and preparing the powerpoint really made me think about what I do and why I do it, and what I would do differently, and what I would never change.
Self-reflection is very powerful and good.
I also met a lot of great folks who are like me, teacher and writers. That's what's so amazing about the NWP. Some really smart people realized a long time ago that if we want kids to write better, we need to support the writing efforts of teachers. I mean, I would never ask someone who had never skydived HOW TO SKYDIVE! I can teach writing better (though I am far from perfect) because I drag my butt to the computer (or my writing notebook) and make it happen every single day (mostly.) I understand how sometimes it is hard for kids to get their ideas across the way they want because, guess what? It happens to me, too. There are ideas kids have that they can't seem to let go of in their writing, themes or topics that they visit again and again and that we as teachers really hope they'll get over soon because, sheesh. Well, that happens to me, too. (I am looking at you, Chicken Wizard.)
If you are a teacher reading this, check out the NWP. If you are a parent, see if any of the teachers at your child's school are fellows of the project. If not, maybe they would be interested...there's lots of teaching folks who love writing.
And if you are a student reading this, (and you are nearby) my class for the Carlsbad Educational Foundation is almost full. It's from July 22 to July 26.
Well, off to the movies.
What summer movie has you lined up at the door? You WON"T believe mine!