- Experiencing my first (and only actually) professional interview
- Having my first classroom
- Falling in love with oh so many students
- Making some great grownup friends
- Awkwardly telling a group of 9-year-olds why I was so round in the middle
- Feeling an outpouring of love from an amazing baby shower
- Teaching my favorite lesson ever (Halloween Spooky Substances, an adventure in adjectives), 4 years in a row (thanks for letting me guest teach last year Tammy)
- Waddling out on a Friday in late January, not knowing I'd be out for 7 weeks
- Stealthily pumping and freezing milk in my classroom for 18 months
- Surviving three years of TAKS trauma
- Learning to be a responsible adult
- Telling my second family that I'd be leaving them
So I can't quite describe how I feel. Excited, nervous, like I'm coming full-circle? Hopefully I'll be able to help, and offer a little advice about the craft of teaching creative writing to a very tactile developmental age group. I have three years worth of information to compact into just a few workshops. Can I communicate effectively? How can the very people who mentored me possibly learn anything from me? Will they even want me to come back for the next two dates? Guess there's only one way to find out.
Next post will have pictures and be all about Ava again, I promise. Just needed to muddle through my thoughts a while. Thanks for listening.