This morning over coffee, I read my friend Kevin’s blog post Compelled to Write (Every Day). His post made me laugh because just this morning as I was getting dressed I thought of two writing ideas and I kept thinking, ‘this is why people use writing notebooks, Kimberley! You will forget these ideas.’ And, I might, but for some reason I don’t stop to write them down. I wait until I am at my blog which is my first point of writing down ideas. I think about my writing all day long. I think as I read about how that author writes what he/she writes. I think about writing in the shower, as I cook, when I am in my car.
I must write every day. I write before everyone in my house (two children and a husband) get up and start placing demands on me until we go off to school together. I write when I have 15 minutes at work and should be copying or tidying up. I write after school when my kids take time to play before homework. I write while I make dinner–really, I cook with my laptop open and go back and forth. I write after everyone is in bed until my eyes can no longer stay open.
My children are used to my writing. It used to be that I was reading and would tell them to wait for another chapter, but now it’s writing and I ask them to wait until I am at a good stopping point. My mind can’t turn off until what I’m thinking about it on the page.
My latest writing thoughts are about why teachers in grades pre-K to 12 are not pushed to write and publish the way university professors are. If there was a culture of teachers who published their classroom research, thoughts, and ideas, would they be treated more professionally and less like children who don’t know what’s right for the future of our country. And if so, how can we create a culture of teachers who understand that what they are doing in the classroom should be shared so that people value pre-K-12 education the way they value college education. I know there is a sub-culture of people who have found their way to this, but I’m talking about being taught during pre-service teaching that it is your responsibility to publish your professional findings in the classroom.
That’s what I’m thinking and writing about now.