Intentionality & Challenges #oneword

My word of 2018 is BE.

Why BE? It is the beginning of a two-word sentence. Today I will focus on


I have been thinking about being intentional especially in the month of April in my professional and personal life.

I am excited by month-long challenges. I listen to and read Rachael Herron’s year long “replenish the well” quest she is undergoing at the present time with a hint of envy. You can read her monthly essays by following her on Patreon. You can also hear her talk about it occasionally on her podcast.

I also was inspired by Educators are Awakeners blogger Shawn. She has set a daily goal for herself centered around a theme for the next year. I may borrow some of her ideas for my own after May!

My Recent Challenges:

March was Slice of Life for the Two Writing Teachers blog. I continue to link in the comments to the Slice of Life Tuesday post on their site. This Tuesday routine is a year long challenge.

April is #Campnanowrimo . I have intentionally planned the month to write my professional education book. I finally was able to love a format inspired by Rachael Herrons Memoir book. The writing project is a mix of memoir and lesson plans.

April is also poetry month. I usually do something with students and teachers with poem in your pocket. I have found several blogs with poems a day including Ralph Fletcher and Jason Reynolds. I will also distribute well loved poems to students and teachers the rest of the month.

May this year will be Storyaday from Julie Duffy’s site. Her podcast and blog are at the top of my list of favorites for sure. She was just featured in Writer’s Digest magazine as well.

I am intentionally setting daily goals for writing and reading and it makes me happy and in a really great mood.

The blocked writing time will mainly be used for the book but I will blog some too when I have something intentional to say.

Other thoughts: I have been thinking about Coaching Cycles a lot over the past week as well. There is no set cycle in my district but after a conversation with another coach we are thinking about accountability. As I have written about before, a lot of coaching is conversation. I struggle with the amount of paperwork I should impose on myself to keep track of my work. So I am thinking about needs in my school and a way track and measure growth without a formal evaluation as part of my coaching role. Questioning is a favorite topic of mine and a research based strategy. I am thinking of launching a questioning project when I return to school after spring break. I am excited for the possibilities for growth for my teachers and myself.

Do you enjoy challenges? What are your favorites?

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