Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Tuesdays at Two Writing Teachers!
Piles of paperwork are heaped in my corner of the counter. Supplies are scattered across my desk as if a tiny tornado just swept across it. Embarrassing heaps of books that never got stamped wait impatiently inside cupboards, hiding until they are ready for eager hands to explore them.

Every time I cross an item off my list, I write down three more below it.

"Are you ready?" everyone asks. "No," I cheerfully reply, "but I'm excited!"

All across town, backpacks are being filled, lunches are being packed, and alarms are being set. Stomachs flutter and eyes struggle to go to sleep so early. But are they excited too?

All it takes is one little spark. (Love that I named that post last fall before I chose my OLW this year!) One little gesture to show them that you care. One little note to remind them how words can connect us. One little card to open up the world and show them that learning is fun.

Vacation postcards from Georgia ready to be mailed last week!
Over the weekend, I got this email from a student:

(Remember, I get the pleasure of having many of my students for several years!)

So yes, I actually am ready. Ready for old smiles and new connections. Ready for hugs, laughter, tears, and stories. Ready to build communities. Ready to grow and learn together.

It will be hard, but it will be worth it. Another amazing year begins tomorrow!


  1. So great to hear about your beginnings, Jennifer! Your students will love you & your class, & like always, you will love them, too! I want to share that if you don't know it, you should find Yes! We Are Latinos by Alma Flor Ada- just wonderful! Happy First Day!

  2. I'm sure your postcards brought smiles and squeals of joy to many students. Don't stress about the piles - you'll get to them. Have an amazing year!

  3. Jennifer, your excitement is evidenced in this blog. May all good things come your way this instructional year.


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