Welcome to my #WeekendCoffeeShare hosted by Allison at Eclectic Ali! It’s Valentine’s Day week, and I am in love with life. As hectic, busy, and packed-full as my brain is, I am not miserable at all! It seems my hard work has been paying off, and I don’t mean paying for vacations or bills, but producing results, nonetheless.
My Facebook job of record is “In training at- Trying to be a Positive Influence on Others.” It’s true abd shall be true all my life. I make enough money to get by. I may get a bonus now and then to provide for a vacation, but what matters is if I am reaching the young hearts and minds of those in my classroom. What matters is that I am writing material as an author that pleases my heart and makes people think. Somehow, between the two, I want to make the world a better place. I’m still taking courses on how to teach and reach the highest achievers in school. It keeps me so busy, and I’m enjoying it immensely! I caught up on my course this week, working almost daily in the evening to get the assignments done. So I had time Saturday to a little writing with my current character, Malachi. I even had time to go to lunch with my son. Friday, I started putting those planned lessons and assignments to work. It was great fun!
Forgive me if nothing is in linear order here. I had a Eureka moment while teaching on Friday. I worked so hard this week at learning new strategies, sitting for hours at my laptop, working while eating, processing, planning, interpreting data. The payoff: A lesson on things I love, animal nature, poetry, and figurative language, as well as a poet I got to research in a Grad. School class. A student I never thought I was reaching said, “Ms. Canepa, you are the teachingest Reading teacher I’ve ever had.” Students had fun creating their own creative metaphors, and some sat in a group with me discussing their choice of alternate assignment because they passed a pre-test. They looked so genuinely interested in the assignment to find out the background of the authors and maybe even appreciative. It’s called differentiation, and it’s a lot of hard work. It doesn’t only exist for those who need help getting it, but for those on the other end as well.
Students seemed so excited Friday. Well, it was Friday and there was a dance, but they were really participating in our discussion. Next week, I’m going to play them a song called “Dog and Butterfly” by Heart, circa 1979. We’ll discuss how we can learn from animal nature. I felt my own enthusiasm radiating from me on Friday when I introduced our poems. It was great, since I’d felt bogged down by drudgery most of the week.
Somewhere in Alaska.
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I am also excited to be sharing some poetry by Mary TallMountain, a Native Alaskan poet I studied in a Graduate class at UNF. Some of my students will be digging into her background and where she’s from. They’ll be learning about a beauriful place that is mostly foreign to them. I studied her in a course on American Literature that exposed us to many authors that are not traditionally on a college course syllabus. I loved that class…
All in all, I am feeling great and will start another assignment for my course within the next hour. The coffee is kicking in! I learned a few things the past week: If you lvoe what you do, it rubs off on others. Hard work pays off. Never quit, but I already knew that, I just keep re-learning it. The other: if you are writing a novel in bits and pieces, taking weeks off at a time due to life responsibilities, do keep notes on what your side character’s last names are, and consult it often. Also, don’t leave your main character hanging on a limb for too long! Still, I feel much better for having given Malachi some attention yesterday. I am in the sweet spot for the time being. Thanks God for a clearing of the clouds! Even though the clouds may return, each time it seems I am learning more on how to see beyond the clouds.
I have a few author events coming up as well. They are online events, and I plan to share more about them as they get closer. Thank you for stopping by and sharing some coffee and a little bit of my recent joys with me. Have a great week!