In regards to the being a Teacher as Writer, I “wobble” primarily in daily practice. I don’t freely write on a daily basis. I wish I could say that I carry around a little notebook with me everyday and that I jot down different things that I observe, or that I record little spurts of inspiration – I don’t. But, I want to.
When I do write daily, inspiration flows so easily because I can expand on yesterday’s thoughts, or yesterday’s yesterday’s thoughts. It just seem easier because my writing becomes a habit rather than a requirement. However, I don’t seem to have time to write freely every day. To be honest, I would rather nap, or finish my homework, hang out with friends – because when I do sit down and write, I know I need a LOT of time to gather my thoughts, usually because I am really meticulous about editing and grammar and whatnot.
But, say I did carry around a little journal that I could take anywhere – I could record my thoughts, my observations, my frustrations, and then have material to write about later. I could also process through my thoughts better because they are on paper and I can visually see them (as I tend to be a visual and practical learner).
I wish it was already a habit. I know it used to be, but this is where I wobble. I don’t make writing my priority, and to be honest – I don’t like it will ever be my #1 priority. It’s more of a passion and a skill that I address mainly in school assignments. Now, post-education, I believe this will definitely change.
But, when I think of my future students, I want this to be a habit at an early age – just like it was for me when I was in seventh grade. It at least got me thinking, and writing.