After an amazing morning of praise poetry and a final lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings, our 2014 Morehead Writing Project Summer Institute drew to a close yesterday. I have accumulated an astounding number of memories in just two short weeks. During that time, I made new friends, strengthened old friendships, and felt renewed excited to get back to my classroom. Even though we have the shortest summer I can recall in my teaching career, I am ready to ignite the writer in all of future students and celebrate their self-discovery as writers. What an amazing blessing – to have the knowledge to instill a love of writing in future generations.
Sooo…. I am going to share some of the praise poetry I have written in honor of this thing we call the Writing Project, and I intentionally capitalize it, for it is the one professional development to which I am constantly drawn.
Marriage Vows – The Writer and The Teacher
Dear friends and family,
We are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the union of teachers and and writers in marriage.
Through their time together at the Morehead Writing Project,
We have come to realize our writing abilities, future goals as writing teachers, and that our work is more meaningful
Through the combined effort and mutual support of fellow writers and fellow writing teachers.
Writers and teachers, remember to treat yourselves and each other with respect and remind yourselves often
Of what brought you here together. Take responsibility for making our youngest writers feel safe.
Give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your charges deserve.
When time commitments, accumulation of data, input of CITTS tests, and frustration over state requirements
Threaten to overshadow what you know is best for students, as they will from time to time.
Remember to bravely focus on what you know is right for your students’ futures.
In this way, you can survive the times when bureaucracy threatens to undermine the real learning taking place .
Remember that, just because you may lose sight of the big picture for a moment, the sun has not gone away.
And, if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your instruction, it will be marked by abundance and delight.
Writer and teacher, seek from within yourselves the serenity to accept the things you cannot change
The courage to change the things that you must, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Live each day, one day at a time enjoying the time you have with your kids.
Rely upon wisdom of your teaching experience, and that of others,
Accept hardships as the building blocks of experience and
Realize that accepting both the good and bad
Are simply a part of being a teacher.
Strive to make as many things right
As is humanly possible in your classroom
So your kids may share in the joy of writing, of creativity, of hands-on learning, of self-expression.
I, writer, take you, teacher, to be my partner,
Loving what I know of you,
And trusting what I do not yet know.
I eagerly anticipate the chance
To grow together, to get to know the leader you will become, and to fall in love with you a little more each day.
I promise to love and cherish you through whatever life in the classroom may bring us.