A Writing Sanctuary

So many of us love our profession, and we work hard to do right by our kids. But our classrooms mortgage love and joy from our kids in the name of teaching them how to take a test and "they will need this in college." I get it. We have standards. We have goals. We owe them the best possible shot at an education that will take them as far as they want to go--but at the expense of happiness? At the expense of loving something so deeply that you want it to be a part of your life forever?

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The Process of Becoming

This conversation with Eva was a gift. I got to experience a reader and writer in transition...someone who needed encouragement to continue to grow and flourish. I got to be a part of the trajectory of someone's growth! That is incredible. So often, school becomes a series of start and stop assignments. Here, Eva let me in to her trajectory as a learner. This is incredibly personal. I could have destroyed her confidence had I taken her story and pointed out the errors--had I not attended to what she needed--had I not taken the time to connect with her in the moment.

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