I have vacillated between travelogue and rewriting my resume and revising the grant narrative for family literacy while we’re enacting it.
I took my Mom to Moss Landing for a birding tour on the Elkhorn Slough.
I was also the youngest person on the flat boat, except the bird expert who was teaching us.
Okay, I loved the part where the captain nosed the bark into a mud flat and cut the engines so that we could just listen to the array of grebes, peeps and sanderlings. And everyone stopped talking about beaks and legs. Lovely.
And journal writing along with my daily commitment to meditate has fostered the idea that I could be much more creative with my work energy. Thus the resume rewrite.
The most painful rewrite is the lessons learned and the adjustments to the Family Literacy grant I procured for my K-5 school. I think the reason it is painful is that the teaching staff does not have a shared vision of what inviting literacy looks like. And some simply won’t get behind anything that isn’t their idea. Those may all be projections. I’ll write less about the motives and more about my adaptations.
But I have to rewrite some of the work while we’re implementing it. In January our Advanced ISI 14 is hosting Joseph Harris to share with him ways we are using the metalanguage from his book, Rewriting, to revise our teaching practice.
I am to the point of revising my entire career.
Maybe it is time.