Independent Joy Writers

This summer I joined a group of teachers to read and study Independent Writing by Colleen Cruz.  Last year we studied Joy Write by Ralph Fletcher.  We had our first meeting on Thursday.  Our host, Dawn, not only provided us with great conversation starters but also gave us ample time to write.  For 1 of the writing times I chose to sketch an art card and then write from there (see below).


As I sit on my couch to type this blog though I am still thinking about this sketch and writing.  And I’m realizing I blossomed as a writer this past year as well.  Maybe I even blossomed as an artist too 😉 Last summer when I started this journey I was the flower on the left in the art card and picture.  Now I’d say I’m the flower on the right in my sketch.  With more time I’ll be the flower on the right in the art card (hopefully).  I’m proud of that.  I’m proud of my accomplishments.

But what makes me the most happy is that because of this I helped my students bloom as writers too.


10 thoughts on “Independent Joy Writers

  1. THE best slice YET! This is what happens when a group of teachers reads Joy Write – a writer finds her voice, discovers not only she is a writer and artist but a risk taker who is willing to put herself out there! I applaud you for putting the original journal pages up in this slice! This slice is an example of how one can grow one word, one line, one sketch at a time – (ps…it’s not just about the picture, it’s about the thinking that came because you were engaged in the process 😉 Yay YOU!! Thanks for sharing and always showing up!

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  2. Love this and you!!! I’m proud of you too. You put yourself out there and look what happened?!? You’ve grown and I love that you’ve realized that this will also impact your students. 🙌❤️🙌

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  3. You are the kind of person who is always interested in outgrowing yourself. That, in my opinion, is what makes a great teacher. Yes, you have grown. Yes, you should be very proud. Yes, you are still growing. And yes, all of this is having a powerful impact on your students. I look forward to our ongoing work together.

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  4. This is great, a drawing and a process that mirrors your year. I found out pretty late in life (like well past childhood, that is), that I really liked to draw. It wasn’t so much about the product, though I sometimes surprised myself. I liked the way drawing slowed me down, and it was a bit more calming than writing. In my classroom, I sometimes drew the scene to help me observe better and to keep me from interfering with what kids were doing. I think it made me a better teacher. You seem like you might be headed on that same journey. If you haven’t seen Karen Ernst’s book, Picturing Learning, you might really like it. She wrote it while she was teaching art (inventing Artists/Writers workshop!) at King’s Highway. Just a little Westport history there.

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