I’m struggling with topic today. So many stories come to mind, but then my inner censor says, “That’s too depressing, or that’s too personal, or that’s boring.” I know stories will come, but perhaps not today. Perhaps today is a day for reflecting. I’m happy to be part of this SOL challenge. It is my first time blogging, and the first time I’ve kept a commitment to write that’s lasted more than 3 days. So that is something to celebrate.
I’m struggling on this 5th day in a good way – I know the struggle is worth it. It doesn’t scare me to struggle, I have struggled with much harder things than my writing and am grateful for the lessons learned from those experiences. I know that all writers go through this process. I’m just newer at navigating it, but I have faith in the process and know that I will be surprised at how much I learn.
As I think now of my students, I know they often struggle. I don’t want to steal that from them, no matter how many signals they give that it’s hard. I have one student that enters my room every day with a “pouty” face. She wants me to know loud and clear that she doesn’t want to be there, but I notice that gradually she enters the group, sits up a little taller, takes a risk to make a comment, and grows in her confidence. That’s why I don’t mind her pouty face. I know the struggle will pay off.
One of the great aspects of this SOL challenge is the opportunity to do as Stephen King said, “If you want to write, Read, Read, Read.” Reading the posts of others teaches me so much.