“The goal is just to write—not necessarily to write well. Writing is hard for everyone; writing well is near impossible. But that’s the beauty of writing—that intense feeling of struggle when we’re putting pen to paper, or fingertips to keyboard, is not exclusive to teachers. Our students feel it, too. And being able to have authentic conversations with students about the hardships of writing creates a more supportive writing culture in the classroom.”
Next month, on October 20, we’ll mark the National Day on Writing. Stay tuned for more information about a big ol’ GCW celebration that you’re invited to. But before that day, which will mostly be a celebration of student writing, we wanted to remind you, dear teachers, that you are writers too!
The quote above is from this article. Take a look and remind yourself that your writing matters for YOU. Writing in a notebook or on a blog or on Twitter or in Instagram/Facebook captions - doing these things every day as a reflective practice helps restore energy and balance.
For our GCW summer conference participants - go reread your OP and remember how you crafted something honest and beautiful, remember you could do that again, then go write some more! Next month we’ll celebrate student writers. For the rest of September we say, Teacher, go write!
Are you interested in a writing group? Do you need deadlines and accountability to finish the piece that’s been knocking around in your imagination? Want to write with other teachers who won’t judge you when grading got in the way of writing? Send GCW an email and we’ll get you in touch with other writers in the area! firstname.lastname@example.org
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