Invite Them and They Will Come

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What happens when a group of teachers reads Independent Writing by Colleen Cruz? Summer 2018

I sat with my Journal on Monday morning.  The meeting was on Thursday.

I played around with a name for the group.  Last year it was Joy Writers.  It was a natural name as our question was, What happens when a group of teachers reads Joy Write? This year, I wanted to honor the work that was done last year, I wanted to honor our past, our starting point but I also wanted to embrace our new book and the possibilities that come with new.  I sat on the couch with a blank page in front of me and I mumbled various strings of words and then – Independent Joy Writers:  Growing our Mindset as Teacher Writers appeared in my mind and fell out of my mouth.  I sat up straight, grabbed my black ultra fine sharpie and wrote it in my journal.  I was all geared up by the title, especially the Growing our Mindset part.  It was Kristine Mraz and Christine Hertz’s, A Mindset for Learning, that had brought a smaller group of teachers together for after school meetings one year.  Yes, I felt energized to plan by simply discovering a name – a name that encompassed who we were and what we were striving for.

The title led me to purpose and the agenda came last.  I think I had been writing it in my mind for the past few weeks, but to see it on paper gave me a sense of security and to watch it come to life with 10 teachers in my living room, reading, writing, drawing, sharing, connecting made me take pause and appreciate every one of them.

Yes, we are Independent Joy Writers:  Growing our Mindset as Teacher Writers.

9 thoughts on “Invite Them and They Will Come”

  1. watch it come to life with 10 teachers in my living room, reading, writing, drawing, sharing, connecting made me take pause and appreciate every one of them.

    This was just the beginning! I can’t wait to see what happens back at school… with kids!
    I loved getting a glimpse into what went on before the actual gathering. I appreciate all of the thought you put into this and the way you pull us all together. The watching it come alive part is what it’s all about. I’m so grateful for our community! ❤️

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  2. I love your energy, your passion for this work, and the way you invite us all in to think, talk, share, and explore. I can’t wait to join the group next time!

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  3. I liked reading about your thought process. The whole group experience – 10 teachers in my living room, reading, writing, drawing, sharing, connecting- sounds super powerful.

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  4. “Watching it come to life” – that’s what writing is all about. So vital that your group of teachers is studying independent writing, to benefit themselves and their students. That you’re having the group meet at home – relaxed, casual, cozy, personal, intimate – will strip away reservations and make it feel like as it should, a refresher, not an obligation, not “work.” That is the sense I get from your photos. Hope you’ll share more stories about this as the group continues to meet!

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  5. It was a great meeting, and helped get me out of a writing slump. That’s two years in a row that you’ve given me that July gift. Thank you!

    As for the name, though. I really like all the thought behind it, but I’m having trouble imagining Mela announcing all of that on the intercom. Could that be the subtitle? I was thinking maybe the WTW group. It could stand for “Walking the Walk” or “What they’re Writing,” or “Wild Thinkers Write.”

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