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Elevating My Standards

Every Tuesday, I participate in Slice of Life, started by Two Writing Teachers. It helps me create, evaluate, review, reflect, and revise.

Back in 2012, I heard about a woman named Kate Messner who offered to host some teachers who wanted to try to write over the summer. I'm not religious at all, but I put my 4 and 5 year old kids in the bible camp across the street from 9-12 and got ready to write. Those mornings spent drinking coffee, writing in my kitchen, and getting to know Gae Polisher, Jen Vincent, Jo Knowles, and Kate Messner really changed how I thought about myself. Since then I've been slowly but surely growing my writing community and working hard to spread the word about how important it is to be a teacher who writes.
Recently I've been reading lots of books by Kate Messner. I have adored these:
Then I met Kate at a library conference a couple of years ago. I was mesmerized by her workshop about observing the world through your own eyes to help establish your perspective. I fell in love with her when she opened the conference by reading a poem she had written. She was so clear about what was important in education and children's creativity. She helped me see how important it was for me to be clear about my standards and my goals.

Recently I asked if I could become a more invested part of the Maine Writing Project by creating a program for teachers to continue their writing and learning beyond or before becoming a Teacher Consultant. I want to make the process be a part of my eventual move toward a Doctorate in Teaching Writing. My ideas were welcomed and supported. When I arrived home, Amazon had delivered my new copy of 
That Kate, she just keeps showing me the way. I am grateful for the guidance and for my passion about writing and teaching. It is a guiding force in becoming more clear about my goals and my standards.

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