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.