Two-Minute Mornings

Slice of Life2Thanks to the twowritingteachers blog team for this space to write, read, and respond to others. #SOL18 is a wonderful writing community!

I will let go of ….my annoyance that winter is still hanging on as evidenced by the snow that is falling and the parka, gloves, and woolen hat that I wore this morning as I walked the Corgis. No more frowns or talk about it. This morning is the last time that the word “winter” will escape from my lips. Spring will soon be here in all its glory!

I am grateful for....the twowritingteachers blog and the opportunity to write and respond to other writers during this month of March #SOL18 – my third year!  I am also grateful for the “unworkshop” week at Highlights Foundation in April to finish revisions for the book I am co-authoring with Stacey. I think about it every day.

I will focus on…. my writing this morning and afternoon. Planning and reading can be evening pursuits. My three goals (ambitious but doable):

  1. Work to complete my part in a chapter on small group work for a book I am writing with Stacey.  This is my No. 1 focus for today. Welcome to Writing Workshop is coming along nicely. By the weekend’s end, I will be finished with the remaining chapters and await Stacey’s comments.  Then, I look forward to interviewing some teachers, taking photos, and observing workshops in late March/early April. Like Rose and Diane, Stacey is very organized and is finished her first-draft writing for this book.
  2.  Begin reading Practicing Presence, a Stenhouse book by Lisa Lucas.  I think I will benefit greatly from reading this book. Lisa is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and a professional coach that specializes in helping others find the median between working to live and living to work.  Chandra told me two cases of her book sold like hotcakes at the Title 1 Conference in Philadelphia this February. My copy just arrived in the mail. I am itching to read it!
  3. Imagine my presentations for a workshop I am doing at the end of March on mentor texts. Today, I will make a list of possibilities for the two sessions and place a check mark next to the concepts and activities I will include. Reread a couple sections of the second edition of Mentor Texts. No pressure here. Mentor texts, a favorite topic, and I have another weekend after this one to get ready. Planning is always fun!

12 thoughts on “Two-Minute Mornings

  1. You amaze me! That’s quite a list of to-do’s for one day.
    I’m with you on letting go of winter. Hope you’re right that this is its last hurrah.
    I haven’t seen this structure before. I like it.

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  2. Wow! Quite a to do list, but I know you will accomplish it. Did you know Lisa Lucas was a colleague and then my supervisor at WCASD? She is one smart lady! Had to laugh when you said it was the last time you would say “winter.” Allan just said yesterday was the last time we will see snow this season. I reminded him that it will still be March when we get home!

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  3. This really shows how much thinking/ planning goes into writing books but also preparing for workshops! You have a lot on your plate but it sounds like they are all such wonderful things! Thank you for sharing your talents with other teachers!

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  4. Sounds like a busy day — and I glad you embraced the weather and enjoyed what is given to us. We are about to put on our snowshoes and head out for a hike. We have 18 inches coming today. Hey – find time to check your email – we made plans with Rose for Monday night of MRA. Hoping that works for you too! Can’t wait to see you in person. Good luck with your to-do list!!

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  5. As I look out at the snow covering my car and lawn I refuse to acknowledge that word. Right now the sun is shining and I am enjoying. Your list does look ambitious, Lynne, but I know you are a doer and everything will be checked off before the day is over. Gook luck.

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  6. Lynn, while your day sounds very busy, I love the idea of I will let go of….I will be grateful for….I will focus on….
    I think I may try this 9on a smaller scale of course). You continue to inspire me!!

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  7. I love that you shared your goals for today. You are very busy! I hope you managed to check things off your list. All of it intrigued me…the book with Stacey, Practicing Presence (I will have to get a copy.), and your presentation. I look forward to the book you are writing. I want to dig into Practicing Presence, and I hope that someday I will be able to attend a presentation of yours. Happy writing!

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