I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life challenge. Each day in March teachers from around the country post to their blogs and the Two Writing Teachers website. We read and comment on each other’s posts.

Since it is Friday, it is also time for Kate’s Five Minute Friday Challenge. Today’s word is PLACE. You can read the guest post by author and inspiration Christie Purifoy whose new book PLACEMAKER just released.

In my Google Keep notes I saved the word : Monochopsis: the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place. This word is one I didn’t know existed but feel it is the perfect descriptor for several seasons of my life. I see belonging as a comfort but not always a necessity. My job title is coach. At this school, I am on a teacher contract. I have no evaluative portions of my job which I am grateful for but for some people the lines get blurry.

As a coach my place is to be helpful and a resource. Right now there are obstacles in my building and I am trying to reflect to make my practice better.
Christy Pulfroy said on a podcast I listening to toward the beginning of the month that a placemaker to her was someone who made their place even if you knew you would only be there a short time. She started me thinking of the gifts that place gives us. I suppose in the grand scheme of things everything is temporary.

I feel I am in temporary spaces in several aspects of my life. I am always waiting for the next thing. This idea isn’t all bad but can lead to frustration sometimes.

My place today is at a table with respected coaches I work with and my place in the room is among professional from around the area. The time with these people is limited now that we are in March so I need to be the gift and receive the gifts in this space I will be in today no matter how tired I am. The potential for knowledge and connection is great and I need to recognize that fact.

What comes to mind when you think of the word PLACE?

10 thoughts on “PLACE #FMF #SOLC Day 15

  1. Your post raises an interesting challenge– how to conceive of ‘place’ in different ways? Love this line: “I suppose in the grand scheme of things everything is temporary.” I think this is true. And I really identified with you when you describe how feeling like you’re occupying temporary spaces can feel frustrating. Thanks for sharing these thoughts!

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  2. My place today is with students in cursive club in the morning, in the cafeteria helping kids recycle in the afternoon, and in front of a plate of steak au poivre this evening. May we all feel right where we belong.

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  3. Place makes me think of presence. Mindfulness, being where I am. How much of our lives are spent wishing we were somewhere else. It’s a natural thought but also doesn’t lend itself to a happy existence. Nice post!

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  4. Great thinking word, “place” … I didn’t know the term monachopsis, either. but how uncomfortable; I think of the Island of Misfit Toys in the old Rudolph Christmas show. The toys that didn’t have a “place” – but found one. To me it connotes belonging, a good fit – and being wanted. Again, so much to ponder with one little word!

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  5. You’ve set me thinking on what my “place” could be.
    “Monochopsis: the subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.” Thank you for sharing this vocabulary, I have added it to my list.

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  6. I always love discovering new words! I’m wondering if I will ever come across monochopsis now that I know about it.(Even Grammerly’s dictionary doesn’t recognize it!) The direction you went with this word “place” really speaks to me. It has to be hard finding your place as an instructional coach, and that’s a big part of why I’m not sure I want to go down that career path. You’ve given me a few things to think about…

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