What does this have to do with my writing, you ask? Well, for one thing, writing goes on the back burner during the school year, though I'm hoping to reserve a few hours each weekend to do some personal writing.
Secondly, writing is part of what I teach as a secondary English teacher. I will also be teaching a class in journalism.
One of the key things I think makes me a strong teacher of writing is the fact that I do it myself. I regularly face blank page syndrome and overcome it. I have to brainstorm and organize ideas, and I have to rewrite, take critique, and edit. Too many students don't think of writing as a process. The whole "one and I'm done" mentality is detrimental to students growing as writers. With my practical experience perhaps I will be a convincing model to the typical student and help them enjoy writing as a process rather than an onerous task.
One can only hope. So here's to the start of another year. I raise a glass in toast to teachers everywhere.
This is me with a juvenile osprey who got stuck in a stairwell a couple weeks ago. I brought it down to the school's open courtyard so he could fly away.