Teacher as Writer

SOLSC ~ Day 23 ~ Required

I watch through the pane and realize his concentration and focus his scraped knuckles and the acceptable redness left behind by the pavement as he adjusts his seating and his pocket knife for optimal whittling position. I realize my supervision is changing and becoming slightly less required.

SOLSC ~Day 17 ~ Rowdy

SOLSC ~Day 17 ~ Rowdy

It’s been one heck of a week. Twenty-six students successfully completed Swim Safety, and now I’m preparing to settle down with forty rowdy Girl Scouts!! It’s crazy. It’s busy. It’s all I can do to post before turning in.

SOLSC ~ Day 13 ~ Recover

Looks of excitement, anticipation, and utter exhaustion greeted me this morning. Springing forward an hour, the return of snow to our previously spring-like ground, and the first day of Swim Safety made for quite a Monday, indeed. The glistening flakes lingered as their eyes searched the classroom for anything familiar. We ventured out and they […]

SOLSC ~ Day 11 ~ Reward

SOLSC ~ Day 11 ~ Reward

I waited, outwardly patient, for them to leave. I needed them to leave. I told myself I should have gotten up hours earlier. I should have showered and been ready. Instead, I chose a few extra moments of sleep. As it turns out, it was perfectly fine. I kissed them goodbye and set to work. […]

SOLSC ~ Day 7 ~ Remember

Tonight, I started a second job. I tried to recall the scattered bits of information I gleaned from our hurried time together a week ago, and thankfully, most of it came back just fine. I made a few mistakes, but I’m reminded of the teary-eyed student today who I encouraged. “Mistakes are part of learning,” […]

SOLSC ~ Day 6 ~ Ready

We slept soundly, being profoundly tired in mind and soul. We roll and bury our faces into spaces where darkness isn’t depressing, but refreshing. It’s here that it seems dreams provide light, each night. We woke with a start our hearts racing to begin this new day… together. This post was written as part of […]

SOLSC ~ Day 2 ~ Risk

I watch them try and test, poke and pester their way through nouns and verbs using words to observe their changing world. They inquire and inspire me in countless ways beyond the days they are in my care. Unknown, we risk our way through this life, and all the while we learn.

SOLSC ~ Day 1 ~ Rest

I heard the high-pitched ring of the bells that signaled our pup’s need to go out, so I crawled out from the cocoon of covers. A few minutes and I was nestled back in, awaiting the prompt return to slumber. Thirty-six minutes later and I finally just got up. In the still of the night, […]

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