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.