My writing life has some routines. I only buy purses that are big enough to hold a moleskin notebook. It also has to have room for a variety of pens and colorful felt-tipped markers. Most Saturday mornings I spend a few hours at a Starbucks, typing on one of my blogs and/or writing lists and reflections in my notebook. The month of March and the summer months are when I “work” on my writing. Daily on the TwoWritingTeachers blog, I share a small moment story in March as part of their Writing Challenge. In the summer, friends and I meet up regularly to write, share and offer feedback. Both allow me to strengthen my writing muscle.
I tend to write mostly about my life in the classroom. Often it reads like a how-to for another teacher to try. Other topics include my daughters and traveling. I also write non-fiction pieces explaining highlights from conferences I attended because writing helps me process what I learned. Also my notes then can easily be shared with other colleagues. Sometimes I try writing poetry but only by following a specific poetry format.
Currently, I teach 6th grade Reading so most of the writing I share with students is writing about reading. I do miss being a writing teacher and guiding students to write in a variety of genres. I’m still proud of the adapted fairytale and my All About UVA book I wrote a few years ago as a 3rd grade teacher. But for now, I tutor a few students after school with their writing and that satisfies the writing teacher in me.