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My friend Tara took last weekend to clear her head. She spent time on her farm doing hard outdoor work. She said she needed it. For teachers this time of year is straight out exhausting. There's the weight of the closing year, the need for final grades, the wondering if we've done enough for the group of children we've come to love. I, for one, am completely exhausted. It's been a rough year for me. My new job as a gifted and talented teacher has few boundaries, but lots of public commentary.

I miss the classroom. I've been writing a lot and am loving it, but more and more I want to write children's books and for children's magazines. I took a detour into writing for adults and making more money than I've ever made, it was exhilarating. I told my Voxer writing group that I felt like I had to leave teaching, but then something changed yesterday. I met with my writing group of girls. They told me they wanted to tell me some things. They told me that they have loved being with me this year.
They said I gave them voice, I let them talk.
They said I gave them choice, I let them decide to work on memoir all year.
They said I made them work, but it felt like passion.

I fell back in love with teaching.

I guess I needed to clear my head. I wish I had a farm to do hard outdoor work. I needed it. For me, this year has been exhausting. But when I stand back and look at the children I've built relationships with, I know I'd do it all over again.


  1. Kim, I am so glad that your girls gave you the nourishment for your soul to keep on teaching.

  2. I wonder if the children and the writing fuel each other. Exhausting but exhilarating at the same time -- how you leave those words??? Hope you have the summer to refuel....

  3. It sounds like a satisfying feeling. Changing jobs adds a level of stress. I am glad you get to keep teaching:)

  4. Kimberly, exhausting but exhilerating-that is the life of a passionate teacher! Enjoy the end of the year.

  5. Oh, this made me cry Kimberley. And just think, these girls are just one fraction of the children you do this for. While you must do what is best for you and yours, methinks teaching is what makes your heart sing.

  6. Powerful, powerful feedback that means everything. Love this!

  7. There you go...the power of teaching with heart: you gave them voice and choice, and they rewarded you with soul filling words of reassurance and gratitude. This is what great teaching is all about, my friend...

  8. Your passion for writing is contagious to all who meet you, adults and kids alike. Let your passion lead you. It will.

  9. Reflection is so important, especially at the end of the school year. Glad you are able to share your passion with others, and I hope you stay with teaching! The kids need you!

  10. The gift of being able to empower young minds, and especially young writers, is one of the the most important jobs we have. How lucky these ladies are to have you! And thank you so much for leading me in this new direction and for giving me the confidence I need to share my work with people I have never met. I'm lucky to have you, too!

  11. You were handed a reason to continue just when you needed it. It's sometimes hard to see the impact we make on a daily basis, especially this time of year. I made a promise to myself at the end of my second year of librarianship that I would spend the last day of school being with students as much as possible. The end-of-year tasks can wait while I make more memories and squeeze in a few more smiles and hugs.

    1. Couldn't you do both somehow? Maybe make some adjustments to what you expect of yourself on both ends. It seems like you got a professional boost from writing, and a personal boost from your students.

  12. What powerful reflections from your writing girls. Wow! They say so much about how wonderful you are!

    Your post was very heart-moving.


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