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  •  I'm on that reflective journey (3+ / 0-)
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    teacherken, JKTownsend, ladybug53

    as I have just reached 59 and a half.

    What I think about the most during those OMG- I'm gonna be 60! moments is that while my body is aging oh so cruelly, my mind and spirit still thinks I'm 25.

    And then I look in the mirror.  UGH!

    As a preschool teacher, I know what you mean about the body tiring easily.  I now have the kids grab my arms so I can get up off the floor. (They love it). I don't chase this class around the playground the way I did 10 years ago.  I can still do a mean Cha Cha Slide but I;m not as 'bouncy' as I used to be.

    I was offered the position of assistant director last year- but I wanted to have a few more years in the classroom.  But I just completed  an administration course, so I know when the position opens up again- I will take it.

    And I am now planning the biggest OMG I'm gonna be 60 party ever.

    I love reading your work, Ken.  You should consider writing a book.

    Growing old is inevitable...Growing up is purely optional

    by grannycarol on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 07:20:47 PM PDT

    •  could write it, but not sure I could get published (3+ / 0-)
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      grannycarol, ladybug53, bluesheep

      I have had these conversations with several publishers.  They get excited reading some of what I write, but not excited when I talk about what I might want to do in a book.

      I am also not sure I can sustain something book length.

      I certainly write enough.  It is not at all unusual, including comments and emails, for me to write 10,000 words a day.  

      I can reread some of what I have written and feel justifiable pride.

      Had I decided to stay in the classroom one more year knowing it was going to be my last year, I had a publisher excited about a book tentatively titled "Teaching, the Final Year" where I would weave together what was happening in my classroom, observations about policy and reflections about what I had learned over what then would have been 18 years of teaching.  

      When I began teaching in the inner city charter middle school, Diane Ravitch told me to take notes every day, because she thought there was a book there.  I have quite a few notes from that 2+ months, but not enough to sustain a book.  Maybe a magazine article.

      Right now I am working on something that would be a chapter in a group book.  The publishers want more of student voice in it, and I think I have sufficient notes to be able to do it.  That will be my task for much of the rest of this week.

      Except I have to draft something for April 27 - that will be the 30th Anniversary of A Nation At Risk, and I feel an obligation to offer some thoughts.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 07:39:10 PM PDT

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