Wendy's Writing Project Blog

Coming Clean June 14, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — uiwpwendy @ 7:03 pm

Now that the formality of the application and interview are over, the project is underway, (and you can’t change your mind about whether I belong here or not)…

I am in a very different place than most, if not all,  in the writing project.  I am here because I really don’t like to write.  It is a laborious task for me.  I don’t like to write, but I am teaching kids to LOVE writing.  I realize, because children are smart, that it must shine through from time-to-time no matter how hard I may try to disguise it.  If I am laying a foundation for an enjoyment of lifelong writing, I want to learn to love to write.

I think the biggest obstacle I will have to overcome is my lack of confidence.  I don’t feel I know how to write well.  Regardless of how true that may be, I know writing will continue to be a huge chore that I won’t enjoy until I get beyond that point.

I am very honored to be a part of this project and in the company of the talented educators that make up the group.  Thank you for giving me this chance to improve myself and, in turn, the children I work with.

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5 Responses to “Coming Clean”

  1. Judy Says:

    Wendy – I really admire the fact that you are willing to step way out of your comfort zone to become a better writer. I think, sometimes, that we don’t always think of all the writing we do. Just from your post, I can tell that you CAN write, and I bet you had a little fun with the confession. Anyway – you have Voice. 🙂

    PS: One of the points of the NWP is to help develop confident teacher-writers, so how could we change our minds? I’m glad you’re here.

  2. scottfilkins Says:

    I love how you call your post “coming clean!” I wouldn’t say that when I first got involved with the Writing Project in 2007 I hated writing, or even really disliked it, but I definitely didn’t consider myself a writer outside of specific task-based situations. I think the Summer Institute and other experiences that will follow will serve your goals well. I’m looking forward to seeing your confession grow into a celebration.

  3. sbridgemuiwp Says:

    I feel somehow we share the same brain and thought process when it comes to writing. Its great to realize that i’m not the only person feeling overwhelmed by the whole process. I liked and borrowed your ideas about reflection in the classroom and trying to figure out what my own prejudices are towards writing and how unconsciously I’m projecting them onto my classroom of writers. I look forward to collaborating with you even when the institute is over. Interested in doing 2nd grade pd this year??

  4. rayburnblog Says:

    True confessions. I love it. Like you, Wendy, I never considered myself a writer. (Still don’t, really.) I went into English because I loved literature. I avoided teaching writing as much as possible when I first started teaching, and I resisted taking writing courses when I was in grad school. Writing was — and is — a tremendous task.

    I agree, though, with Judy above. You have a very natural voice in your blog entires, and that is key to good writing. I wonder if, like me, you have grown up thinking “good” writing is the kind that gets A grades on school essays, writing that fits a certain pattern and is free of mechanical errors. Through school, I was apprehensive about writing because it rarely seemed to be about communicating my ideas, it seemed to be about meeting some esoteric standard. What I have come to appreciate — in large part because of the UIWP — is that writing comes in all shapes and sizes, just like us, and GOOD writing is writing that communicates what we want to say in the way we want to say it. Yes, academic, common-standard writing has its place, but few of us live there. What I think we owe our students is letting them know writing is as varied as they are, and maybe we can help them better do whatever it is they do.

    I tell my students all the time I love an honest person. Thanks for being so up-front about your fears. Obviously you are not alone!

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