I have two jars on my shelf for students to use if they can’t come up with anything to write about during free-write time. Today, that’s me. Here goes…
- The day Albert Einstein invaded my brain
- The day I woke up invisible
- Describe how you would modify a snail to go faster
- My pet tarantula is loose
- Explain how you would use a hat to catch a butterfly
- The struggle to eat neatly while in a car or on a plane
[Self-defeating sigh.] I expect my middle schoolers to have no problem letting loose and and use their young brains to creatively write about these silly topics. Unfortunately, I’m finding it hard to do the same today. Perhaps an influx of adult-ing has stifled my whimsy. Maybe I’ve spent too much time writing academically. It may be that my willingness to put forth the effort between classes and afternoon meetings has dwindled. Formulating decent lesson plans, managing a few challenging classroom situations and attending collegial gatherings as well as the work associated with a last minute 10-week course to satisfy a county requirement has squashed my brain. Hopefully it’s just for today. Better luck tomorrow. OH WAIT. We have parent-teacher conferences tomorrow after school and Friday. Such is life for a teacher.