Today I woke up early and stumbled across this short animated video. It’s an awesome tool to review many skills, and with state testing just around the corner, I thought it would be a fun way to address a few of the more pertinent ones. I liked it so much I changed the day’s plans to use it right away, so I got to see it quite a few times.
As it turned out, I really needed to internalize what it had to offer.
We mainly talked about symbolism and theme. As I modeled writing a response to some of the prompt options, I addressed how important it is to make space in your life for the things that make you happy. I also thought a lot about creativity and the choices we make that nurture the soul.
In the non-instructional realm, it turned out to be a roller coaster of a day. Some students made terrible choices (not class related), and I’m beyond disappointed. I’m on pins and needles waiting for some news about two different big things professionally. I got some exhilarating news– My National Council of Teachers of English conference proposal was accepted, and I was invited to present next November! Right after that email arrived, I had a completely unanticipated, major let-down that chopped me off at the knees for a couple hours.
But, I am in charge of how I choose to respond to every one of those things. I have to choose whether I’m going to be vibrant orange or let my glow fade. (See the video.)
I’ll be honest– I’m still flickering a bit.
But I’ll get there.
I choose to do so.