Last week I scored essays at the AP Reading in Kansas City. This was my first time. It will probably be my last. It was more exhausting than my first week out of school should ever have to be. I may be in recovery all summer.
A couple of weeks ago I asked my writing partners we might want to take a break from writing on the blog this summer. I need to write so I get a book done. That’s been my goal for way to long with nothing of substance to show for it — yet. I figured my TTT friends needed to be free to explore their own lives a bit. I knew we all had a lot going on, but I didn’t quite put it into perspective until I asked.
Shana wrote: “I honestly feel like all four of us got the figurative sh** kicked out of us this year in a variety of ways — we can come back and attack a million new ideas in the fall.”
Jackie wrote: “I am limping to the finish line” and in another email “I am waiting for the dust to settle. I feel like my life is in boxes all over the places–both in my classroom and in my home.”
Erika wrote: “After hacking my guts out for over a week, rounding the end of instructional time along with regents prep, and just being worn out…I round the corner today, open the recently painted door blazing with fumes from recently being painted (wonders for my asthma that’s already exacerbated), I walk down 1/2 of the staircase to find it blitzed with shredded paper. If I wasn’t so darn exhausted I would have taken footage because that’s EXACTLY how I feel! I need a rest; figurative, literal, physical. All of it. But, I love the idea of us winding down to gear up for another year of an even more incredible TTT!”
So, our dear teacher-friends who read what we write here, we are taking a little motivation vacation. We plan on reposting some of the content we’ve written in the past, but other than that — unless the need to write bites, and it often does, we will start posting again with fresh ideas and student-tested content and Secondary Readers and Writers Workshop in August.