At the end of July, I decided to participate in a blogging challenge that @druinok initiated. It is the perfect blogging challenge for me. There were no rules or expectations, no pre-defined prompts, just an invitation to write, to share, and to read as much as you would like. Some people dove in with the plan to post every day. Other people targeted a once a week post. Still other people just targeted “more”, whatever that meant for them. I fell into the latter category. I didn’t really have a defined goal. I just wanted to write “more”, which wouldn’t take much since I was so busy during the last six or seven months that I wrote hardly at all. If I only managed two posts during the month of August, I was going to count it a win.
I wanted to write “more” because writing makes me pause. It makes me think about the choices that I am making in my classroom. It makes me consider what I am doing and why. It makes me think about how the choices I make are impacting my students. It makes me consider things from another perspective. It makes me grow. It doesn’t matter if anyone else ever reads it. If someone does read it and they find something they can use or that makes them think, that’s awesome but it isn’t why I should write. I should write because of the thought that must go into the writing and what I do with those thoughts afterward.
As I look back on the month of August, I never would have imagined that I would write so much this month. Some of it was more reflective and some less so, but I am better for having taken the time to think in ways that I would not have done without this challenge. So, many thanks to @druinok.