I’m sitting in the doctor’s office, waiting for my husband and father-in-law. I tried reading, but it wasn’t working. Here’s what I’ve learned about myself as a reader and a writer over the past few months.
As a READER…
- I need quiet, otherwise I can’t concentrate
- I like to take notes
- I love getting sucked into a book
- I miss book club. There was something so special about getting together to talk about books, as well as life, with some of my best friends.
- I choose books based on others recommendations. Otherwise, I’m kind of lost.
- I want to read more kid’s lit.
- I’m excited about my graduate course this summer, hopefully I’ll be able to read more children’s books
- I love sharing my love of books with my students
- Books are SO powerful at sending messages. I would love to find some books with main characters that have ADHD or Emotional Impairments.
- Reading for pleasure is nowhere near the same as reading for class.
- I need to teach my students how to read more often for pleasure; maybe that’s one of the keys to helping them succeed.
As a WRITER…
- I am a writer!
- Once I set a goal, little can get in my way.
- I can write for 31 days straight, even when it’s difficult.
- I have a surprising amount to say
- It’s easier for me to type my thoughts than to write them in a journal
- I like to document my thoughts
- I’m not as bad a writer as I thought
- I can write creatively
- My students respond better to my writing, as opposed to someone else’s writing
- I get positive feedback from my students about my writing- it feels good
- I’m hesitant to open up and share my thoughts with others
- But, at the same time, I can be more open while writing than I am while talking
- Writing is calming for me, even when it’s stressful initially
- I have the most difficulty choosing a topic to write about
- Once I get going, I have a lot to say
- Poetry isn’t so bad after all
- I love getting comments from others
- I want to find more mentor texts about writing
- I want to continue my study of writing to continue to grow as a teacher of writing
- It feels good to accomplish something that I was unsure of