Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Learning Update: Holding Myself Accountable

I am moving forward as a writer this summer.  My new adventure is . . . breaking into writing feature articles about parenting and teaching!  I am so thankful to Kira Lewis for all of her generous time she shared last week.  The background work behind writing for any purpose take so much dedication, tenacity, and stamina.  Kira spent a lot of time giving me a crash course in freelance writing.  To her, I am very grateful.



I took a another step with my children's book.  Before trying to publish, I have contacted an editor.  I'm very excited about moving forward in this part of the process.  It has been a while since I have worked on the book though.  So, I feel like this week I need to delve into some serious rereading and checking. This is not my favorite thing to do.  Truthfully, I am still becoming comfortable with the entire writing process.  Even though I have taught writing for the last 18 years, the actual act of writing for more than an audience of my students' parents is very scary.

I started a new part of the writing process over the weekend: reading primary and secondary sources of information to use for a story. I'm particularly interested in learning more about Amelia Earhart. This is where my teaching background is really coming in handy.  Thinking about close reading (a huge theme in the new CCSS Common Core State Standards) is constantly in the back of my mind.  As I read, frequent questions surface about skimming and careful reading.  Since my research is not directed toward any specific questions at this time, I have been been doing a lot of browsing through topics and ideas.  I'm so thankful to find primary and secondary documents and sources scanned online.  I can't wait to talk with my friends who have experience in research.

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