03-15, The Context of My Next Classroom

Though this was a few short years ago, they’re frozen here in my brain. I hope, my future writers.

Like many parents all over the world, I received the memo from my sons’ school district this past week that their spring break would be considerably extended. Though I’d prepared to have them for at least one week during the day, I can’t say that I’d anticipated more. My workday consists of feverishly writing in my home office and working on my own homework assignments in hopes of one day (which seems like forever) obtaining a doctoral degree in education.

In between, I complete work for clients near and far – and create tiny lessons for my toddler, also known as my three-year old coworker. Nevertheless, as my coursework is nearing the end for this session, and our time together draws closer, I’m feeling a bit of unexpected anticipation. I’m preparing my own syllabus of sorts, complete with activities, fun, learning, and bonding; but, what I’m looking forward to most? The context of my next classroom. My four sons. The topic of greatest interest: writing.

My boys, ages 3-15, are among many children whose experiences with writing in school have not been well. They “hate” it, and cringe at the idea of being asked to write, despite my best efforts. That being said, I’ve had such positive encounters overall with writing on my own – particularly in light of the recent Slice of Life Challenge, that I’m willing to try with them again. During this break – we are going to write – together.

I am hoping that I can help them find the things they love and how to lace them with letters. I want them to welcome the warmth of writing a story, conveying their convictions, harnessing their humor and penning their passions. I know I can’t undo the damage of many years past, but perhaps I can ignite a spark that lets them know that writing really is wonderful and doesn’t have to be an arduous endeavor.

As a mom, there are so many things that I want to capture that I treasure between me and my boys. While photos say a lot, I believe writing illustrates so much more. I’m hoping to the heavens that maybe this time – they’ll discover that they like it. May the power of the pen be with us.

#eternaloptimist #literacyloveaffair #discoveringtheirvoices #writingwonderment #illkeeptrying #thewonderofwords #givingthegiftofexpression #happyandhopeful #happybdaytomyoldest #heturns15today

19 thoughts on “03-15, The Context of My Next Classroom

  1. We are all working on very different lesson plans here! And our work spaces are in for some crazy changes. I’m so glad you’ve taken this challenge and are part of the community this month. I hope you stay with us on Tuesdays throughout the year.

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    1. I can just imagine! Regarding the #SOL20, I’m just glad I saw someone retweet it on Twitter. It has been most meaningful in ways that I can’t even describe. I didn’t know you did this weekly during the year! I would love to continue to participate! Thanks for the invite :o)

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    1. How encouraging! I’m expecting some pushback initially, but I’m hoping if I can get them to be consistent – they may like it!!! Thank you so much for this affirming feedback! ~Carla Michelle

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  2. Wishing you all the best in the coming weeks. I love the focus of your writing time with them: find the things they love and lace them with letters.

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    1. Jill, thank you so much! I’m hoping with my heart and crossing my fingers! I know there’s so much potential there. Praying I can tap into it without too much whining, lol. We’ll see! ~Carla Michelle

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  3. You will have a good influence on them, your joy in all things learning just bubbles. When my older son was in college he initiated a shared story. He started a story, emailed it to me, and I continued it, emailed it to him, etc. It was soooo interesting to see the story evolve in ways I never would have expected it to go. You may be able to try something like this with your sons! Just for fun, which is what writing should be!

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    1. Suzanne, I sure hope so. They’ve remarked often that they “know I like it, but they don’t.” #sigh. I realize it’s been that way for quite some time, I just don’t believe that all is lost yet. I’m really hoping that this time will be different! Fingers crossed!

      I LOOOVE that you and your son are writing in college! I’ve used a similar activity with them before called “Writing Roulette” and they enjoyed it. My second son considered it a favorite.

      Given your post, I think I’ll revisit it again. We haven’t done it in years. Thanks so much for this warm reminder. #cantwait

      With Warmest Regards,

      ~Carla Michelle

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  4. YES! This is what we need – authentic ideas to connect with our kiddos. Could you create an online community for them of peers? They could read, respond and comment to each other. That would be amazing. I look forward to hearing what you plan to do — I have a few ideas as well. Thank you.

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    1. Absolutely! I’m not sure my tech savvy and popularity is that savvy yet, lol. But I’m definitely thinking about how to make it more engaging. I’ve been turning over number of ideas in my head, but I will definitely tuck this one away for safe keeping! You’ve triggered some new ideas – thank you!

      ~Carla Michelle

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    1. Thank you so much, Little Bits of Writing! I feel like it definitely takes some bravery as it’s always hard for me to blow the trumpet for writing when I know it’s going to me met with years’ worth of disdain.; but, I’ve built up my courage again – and hoping I can make it more inviting this time!

      I welcome that force! I think I’m going to need it! Thanks so much for reading!

      ~Carla Michelle

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  5. I am a teacher-writer and a writing teacher. First, I am so sorry your boys hate writing. I feel some-kind-of-way about how writing gets taught, including in my own classroom. I hope you are able to open your boys’ eyes to the wonders of writing for their own specific purpose.

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    1. I love this framing! teacher-writer and writing teacher. #beautiful!

      I felt some kind of way, too! It’s even harder when the peer who is teaching your son is on your team and grade level and you hate the strategies they’re using because you know they’re outdated and ineffective.

      It was a most painful situation. I am hopeful, too. Wishing for the best and feeling great about it! Thank you so much for reading.

      ~Carla Michelle

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      1. I understand. I hope to go back into the classroom once this is all over and do some writing things differently. One being, making it more purposeful for each writer rather giving them a purpose. I hope to at least spark a “like” for writing with my Scholars who would rather not do it at all.

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  6. I applaud the mix of ambition and resilience in your words, Carla, the eyeing of the opportunity to come. Now that you’re connected to this Slice of Life community, perhaps the Classroom Slice of Life will similarly find legs in your new community context… It’s #3 over here: https://twowritingteachers.org/challenges/

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    1. Thank you so much, Brian! I am honored by your compliment!

      I’m hoping those legs will sprout and grow and develop into much more than either of us could have ever imagined. Thanks to this community, I am feeling very optimistic. I bought new journals/writer’s notebooks tonight! They don’t even know. I think they thought I was kidding!

      #fingerscrossed!

      ~Carla Michelle

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