I have spent years teaching students to “live like a writer”. As I instructed in them in the meaning of that phrase, I would look for examples from my own life that could be used to teach getting to the heart of a story or using dialogue to build suspense. Once I found an example, I used it in my lesson plan, jotted it down for the future, and felt a sense of relief. I would not have to think about a real life example for that again. Cross it off the list.
Now I am truly “living like a writer” as I partake in the SOL challenge. I see things, read things, hear things that make me pause and think, hmmm, could I write a post about that?
I now for the first time understand what I have long asked students to do. It is certainly no easy task. To write about small moments of one’s life takes a careful eye and a thoughtful pen. I hope to be more aware of the possible struggles students might have when I ask them to do this in the future.