Kicking Off Teachers Write 2018!
Welcome to Teachers Write!
Are you ready for another awesome summer? I sure am. When Teachers Write rolls around, I know it's time to connect with amazing educators who are passionate about learning more about writing and writing instruction. Whether you are new here or have been around since the beginning, have been teaching write for a long time or just starting or somewhere in between, I believe you'll find that this is a great community. We learn together, share ups and downs together, grow together, and support each other along the way. This is truly what a writing community is all about.
I'd like to introduce myself super quickly in case you don't know me! My name is Jen Vincent and I'm an Instructional Coach for a Mundelein District #75 which is a K-8 district in a northern suburb of Chicago. I'm a mama to two boys who are 8 and 11, a sweet pup named Perdi, and a bearded dragon named Zeke. My partner, Chad, is a PE teacher. We met in college when we lived across the hall from each other in the dorms. He keeps us all busy and we're always up for the adventures he takes us on. My biggest challenge in life: socks.
I started writing fiction in 2011 when I tried (and failed) at NaNoWriMo. The good news is that I kept writing and then finished the first draft of my first young adult novel during the first summer of Teachers Write in 2012. I've been writing ever since, was in Pitch Wars in 2014, and signed with my agent Danielle Smith in 2016. While I write YA contemporary romance, I also write fiction and nonfiction picture books. This summer I'm planning to draft another YA novel.
If you are new to Teachers Write or need a refresher, Kate has all the information about what happens each day of the week. Sunday is the day that Teachers Write comes to Teach Mentor Texts where I host the weekly check-in. This means you can stop in to reflect, celebrate, and plan for the next week. I also share ideas that I hope you can take back to your students.
Let's get started! I invite you to introduce yourself, share what you are most excited about, what you are most nervous about, and what you hope to get out of Teachers Write this summer.
Don't forget! Teachers Write is all about you. Participate as much or as little as you want, join in everyday, catch up over the weekend. No matter what, we are happy you are here! Don’t stress, just do what works for you and know we - meaning the whole Teachers Write community - are here for you.
Rules for Teachers Write Sunday Check-Ins:
1. We respect each other and the type of writing we do.
2. We only offer constructive criticism.
3. We are positive and encourage each other at all times.
4. We recognize and maintain this as a safe environment.
Today, in the comments:
What you are most excited about?
What you are most nervous about?
What do you hope to get out of Teachers Write?
What's your biggest challenge when it comes to teaching young writers?
P.S. Thank you for replying to each other's comments!
While I read them all and do my best to reply and
reply as soon as possible, it doesn't always happen.
I so appreciate you cheering each other on through Teachers Write! Keep being awesome!