|SLICE OF LIFE TUESDAYS are hosted by TWO WRITING TEACHERS|
Recently, Ruth Ayres blogged about writing just because. Her words gave me pause. Writing just because.
I often make time to read just because. In fact, having recently discovered the joys of the text to voice feature on my kindle, I have been finding all sorts of time to read just because while I iron, while I cook, while I do my hair in the morning. I am currently reading 3 different books, which is unheard of from this one-book-at-a-time girl. But reading fills me up. Reading inspires me. Reading doesn’t feel like work.
Could I say the same for writing? While I am not sure I enjoy being in the midst of writing quite the same way I enjoy being in the midst of writing, I think the emotional outcome is much the same: writing fills me up, writing inspires me.
So, how can I make time to do more of this writing just because?
Having read Penny Kittle’s Write Beside Them this summer, I immediately thought of the quick writes I do alongside my students. Although there is so much educational value and purpose behind these quick writes, they also have the feel of just because sort of writing, the feel of play.
I have so many more quick write springboard ideas than I could ever use with my students (especially given the amount of days off, early release days, assembly schedule days, and assessment days lately). So, I decided to start my very own quick write journal. One separate from the notebook I keep along with my students. A sort of project notebook.
I started collecting fodder for these quick writes (just-for-my-entertainment quick writes) in a folder. Then Ruth posted about having started another writing group. And it hit me. Why embark on this quick write project alone?
I suspected there were other teachers in my building who might enjoy writing just because as well. I suspected there were other teachers in my building who might be interested in a writing group that didn’t require any work outside of the actual meeting time.
So, I pitched the idea. I sent an invite.
People showed up! Language arts teachers. A social studies teacher. A science teacher. A special education teacher.
We read a couple of model texts/springboards. We talked. We wrote. We shared.
Word spread. This Friday there will be an even bigger group of writers—writing just because.