I’ve been reading a lot of posts about how to get students to continue writing over the summer. The ideas and suggestions TWT writers have offered, in particular our author/mentors, have been over the top. I almost wish I could be a kid back in school just to benefit from the influence of some of these teacher writers.
But my real interest today is: What Will Keep Teachers/ Coaches/ Students /Retirees Engaged in Writing This Summer? I was prompted to think about this when an offer popped up to join a summer writing group for teachers. I was beginning to feel a bit adrift knowing that during the summer most teachers will be “off the grid,” and rightfully so to take a break from their 10-month teaching tasks. And I will miss those who do, but I “get it” having been in that position myself until two years ago.
But there are some of us who are late bloomers and are still eager for some meaningful writing exchange to take place during the summer. Is it possible we can create our own summer writing group, or several groups, based on common interests/themes? For example, as a retiree I would be interested in hearing from other former educators about how they apply the skills they learned as teachers to their present lives in retirement. I think there would be some great stories and some great examples of “life after teaching” to share. Or, we could have a summer reading club and all agree to read the same book and share comments.
I plan to continue writing my Tuesday SOL, of course, but I’m open to more writing if there will be feedback. I am even willing to volunteer to “host” one of the groups (despite my lack of computer savvy).
What say you, fellow slicers? TWT coordinators: What do you think?