At the Lehigh Valley Writing Project Best Practices Conference this weekend, keynote speaker and all-around dreamboat Ernest Morrell spoke about writing’s main purposes: Self-Care and Social Change. The Social Change aspect is a biggie for me as a teacher of ELLs…in small ways, I remind myself: Big change happens in small moments.
But this blog post is a moment for me to take care of myself. Writing as self-care, as checking in and re-centering. Writing to make sense of these crazy days.
This is me reminding myself that writing can be quick, not long and drawn out. Not perfect. Ongoing. A work in progress.
This is me reminding myself to focus on what is important, not only on what is immediate.
This is me reminding myself that I have great relationships with my students. That’s what counts. No matter the messages we receive to the contrary – it’s the relationships.
This is me stress-eating half a box of Girl Scout cookies on a Monday afternoon. (And this is me reminding myself to get Peanut Butter Patties – or whatever they’re now called – next time.)
This is me celebrating the like-minded people I met on Saturday at Best Practices, and supporting myself in seeking out other like-minded, progressive people.
This is me writing. This is me re-energized.