SLOW DOWN!!

SOL17 This is my first year participating in SOL and I am loving every minute of it!  Thanks for all the encouragement! Brief slice–busy time of year!   The end of the year has crashed upon us.  Teachers look forward to it, but when it approaches we yell at it to slow down. In my…

Reflecting on Effectiveness

    How effective are you as a teacher? That question leads me to consider the many factors that exist within a classroom as well as the definition of effectiveness.  Does effectiveness mean your students pass? Or does it mean that your students loved you as a teacher and don’t want to go onto to…

Here We Go Again!

  It’s happening all over again.  I have three blogs or rather I have excitedly started blogs in the past only to let them drift off.  Rather I let myself drift away.  It begins with dedication, purpose and then I let life get in the way.  I truly wish to develop the craft and discover…

A Gem, of Sorts

    “It’s misleading to think of writers as special creatures, word sorcerers who possess some sort of magical knowledge hidden from everyone else. Writers are ordinary people who like to write. They feel the urge to write, and they scratch that itch every chance they get.”  Ralph Fletcher     “Ms. Pesta who is…

Growing as a Writing

Day 31  #SOL 17  Year 1   Reaching the end of a very interesting month of writing, has led me to some axioms. Below of the principles that I hope to follow as I continue on my writing journey: Don’t become discouraged Continue to write even if you do not have a topic—a line a…

New Eyes

Day 30  #SOL17  Year 1   A short post:  Swing Time by Zadie Smith (highly recommend) would not leave my hands.   I must admit that I am more of a reader than a writer.   Developing an awareness is critical for a teacher and a writer.  As a teacher, we need to be aware of…

Day 29  #SOL17  Yr 1   “Wait for the moment when writing will come easy.  Don’t force.  It’s an acquired naturalness.” Donald Murray     But what happens when the idea or the instinct you have to write comes at you when you are driving?????? I am maneuvering past cars going south on the highway…

Reflections of #SOL17

Day 28  #SOL17  Year 1   With the Slice of Life Challenge drawing to its end, I take this time to reflect on what I have learned and how I will apply these lessons.   Writing is a means of expression that everyone is able to do, but at different levels as in every form…

Monday Motivators

Day 27  #SOL17  Year 1   Monday Motivators mo·ti·va·tor ˈmōdəˌvādər/ noun plural noun: motivators something that provides a reason or stimulus to do something. “fear is a powerful motivator” a person who promotes interest in or enthusiasm for something.     Many motivators have existed in my life.  Listed below are some I wish to…

Sunday Snippets

#Day 26  #SOL17  Year 1 Sunday Snippets are my way of sharing quick bits, ideas, or words of wisdom gained over my years of life.  Many people share sage advice and this really isn’t that at all.  Just ramblings which may spur thought or a smile. Treat yourself to three to four hours of bliss…

A Red Brick Wall

Day 25  #SOL17   Year 1   A red brick wall of a shirt factory is an important wall in my life.  I can picture it so clearly.  A two-story building on a side street with a step that leads to doorway on the left side that is an entrance/exit for employees.  It was just a…

Establishing Good Habits

Day 24    #SOL17  Year 1   I have decided to take a journey with some old friends, “the Donald’s”.  This is how some true friends of theirs actually referred to them at NCTE one year.  I read their works a long time ago as I was teaching in the classroom.  Now, I have decided to…