I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge.
This year I decided to complete my slice of life challenge through the use of quickwrites. By doing this, I hope to explore my own writing, identify problems my students may be experiencing with these quick bursts of writing, and show them authentic revisions in the writing process.
Today's quick write is a teacher version of the popular prompt, "I wish my teacher knew..."
In true quick write form according to Kittle and Graves, my process began like this:
- Choose a starter.
- Write rapidly for ten minutes.
- Change nothing.
- Lower you standards. (This is hard to do when you are writing publicly!)
- Let your own thinking guide you, not the prompt.
I wish my students knew...
that I come from a not-so-perfect childhood. Sometimes I think they believe no one understands them. But I do.
I had many nights where my parents fought, and I would put the pillow over my head, wishing them to stop. My parents ended up in a divorce. I remember vividly the night my mom came to tell me. I was a sophomore in college. Many people say that divorce is hard on young children, but I believe differently. When you are older, you know the reason; you understand the consequences.
I made some bad choices, choices I wish I could change. Sometimes those choices are the ones we learn the most from. I believe those mistakes have made me a better mother, a better wife, and certainly a better teacher.
I understand heartache. I understand pain.
I understand that sometimes things don't go the way we want them to go.
But I also know perseverance and determination. My mom was 40 with two kids in college and two more at home...and divorced. She made it.
I wish my students knew there is always a way out. Stand tall. Stand proud. Work hard.
This is what I wish my students knew.