I missed writing a blog post last week.
I was exhausted – the story of this school year – and I let myself slip into that exhaustion until I had convinced myself I just didn’t have the energy to put pen to paper or, in this case, fingers to keyboard.
But yesterday while I was responding to some comments on my last post I realized how much I was missing reflecting and thinking about life.
So I decided not to skip this week.
This also reminded me how important it is to give students time to reflect about their feelings, their learning and life.
That’s why I make sure that I insert small, medium and large moments of reflection into our classroom routines. Sometimes these are related to a specific assignment and sometimes they have to do with a general sense of self.
Sometimes we write. Sometimes we share orally. And, sometimes we reflect silently.
Listening to and reading what my students have to say about their learning allows me to get a glimpse into their inner thoughts that I’d miss otherwise.
Reflection is an integral part of any learning process.
So, I write to learn something new about myself that had previously lain hidden below the surface.
I appreciate the opportunity this community gives me to air my dirty laundry, so to speak, and grow in the process.
Cross posted to the Two Writing Teachers Tuesday Slice of Life Story Challenge.