I’m proud of my 4th year participating in TWT SOLSC. I feel grateful for the entire writing community. It was a challenge on some days, but you inspired me to keep going! I will miss the daily Slices, but look forward to Tuesday’s SOL.
In the meantime, I am ramping up for the Classroom SOLSC which begins tomorrow! This year will be unique as I have brought two other 4th grade classes on-board. I will also be hosting an after school workshop for 10 interested and excited budding bloggers! Please connect with our classes, it’ll be so rewarding for our children to take part in a global writing community and SOLSC. We can be found at https://kidblog.org/class/mrs-bransfield-2018-2019-writers/posts
Thank you, writers. Thank you Two Writing Teachers … another wonderful month!
We recently had an amazing experience practicing Mindfulness with a parent volunteer. Every Tuesday at 11:45, I looked forward to the calm that would take over our classroom. Each session was filled with mindful breathing and ways to acknowledge our emotions. On the last day, she shared a quote from Yoda,
“Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
I love the power of his words and I quickly jotted down this quote as she shared, thinking about the importance of mindset. Life lessons from an amazing mentor.
… BUT, I will overcome. After what has felt like years of hard work to interview for what I believed a position I was truly ready for, I received the very difficult news today that I had not been chosen as a finalist. For the 20 minutes I met with a respected administrator, I felt as if everything around me had come to a standstill. It’s hard to recap all that she said because I was flooded with emotions that led to repeated internal questions like, “Why wasn’t I good enough? What did they have that I don’t? What did I miss?”
After this conversation, I held back tears and headed back to what matters-my children. I’m not going to lie, teaching the craft of persuasion during Writer’s Workshop was a bit of a stretch for me this afternoon. I knew that I had to do it though.
This afternoon, I had a long drive in the car which is always a time for reflection. I initially cranked up the music and cried, but then chose to stop. It’s times like these that we must remind ourselves … I am enough. This is not the end of the road for me. I will continue, I will “always try just one more time.” I do believe things happen for a reason, although sometimes a reason that is hard to understand. This will help me hold my head high and continue on.
That, and my amazing sidekick Gus (my Lab who instinctively knows I’m hurt) who hasn’t left my side this evening.
Today was challenging. A good challenging, but nonetheless, difficult. I had an interview. No matter how much you prepare, there is no preparing. I have a different kind of interview tomorrow and need to get back to my family for tonight.