“Dormant Season”

August 22, 2008 at 10:17 am (blog, professional_learning)

Unfortunately, I only have one page of an article that I read in the English Journal and it doesn’t tell me which issue it was.  I do know that Connie M. Brass of Richfield School District wrote this and I feel it acurately describes my last four months.  It reminds me of how Joyce Valenza talks about concepts and metaphors and reformed PowerPoints.

Like a garden with its seasons of planning, planting, nurturing, harvesting, and rest, my mind must have its dormant season.  Every summer I validate what I learned early in my teaching career: to revitalize for the coming year, I must unwind ….  I set aside all school related work and thought (as much as is possible for a teacher) …. I catch up on all the household and personal chores that I’ve put off during the school year. 

Although I’m getting a little ahead of myself, still thinking about quotes, I love the idea of quoting a student’s own writing and inserting it into a fortune cookie to give to them at the end of the year.  (Willard, N.  Editor’s choice: The cookies of fortune.  College english, 61(2), 167-8).

I can’t make any promises but I hope to get back into a blogging routine.  I just read somewhere, we may not have time to read but that never stops us from finishing a good book.  Similarly, we may not have time to blog but something compells us to write.  When I re-read the above quote I thought, hey, that would be a good way to get back into blogging, something I wasn’t sure how I was going to do.


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