Writing has always been meaningful to me, as an outlet for my emotions, a way to let my feelings out, and more recently it has become a way of sharing my experiences with others.
I began to write journals from an early age, I remember writing journals over the summer breaks from school, it would fill up my time at home, my parents were not so keen on us going out often. I have fond high school memories of writing notes back and forth with friends, passing them to each other in the hallways or leaving them in lockers, and it's an incredible feeling to find an old note or letter and read it after all this time.
One of my most memorable experiences with writing was a writer’s craft course I took in my final year of high school. I had the most amazing, influential, and inspiring teacher. We spent more time writing in that course, then he did lecturing, and he did not mark for grades, he critically analyzed the writing and offered insights and asked questions that made me improve on each piece. A conversation with Socrates, and a fictional crime novel were two of the biggest projects that I did for the class.To this very day, I remember the feeling of accomplishment when my writing brought a smile to someone else’s face.
In University I lost my love for writing, somewhere in between changing career paths and majors, I lost interest in my courses and the subjects I was writing about. Where there is no love for writing, there is also no success in writing. I found my passion for writing again when I realized I wanted to become a Montessori teacher. As part of the application process I had to write three essay questions, and I worked harder on those than I had on anything else in a long time. I had to look inward and express my thoughts on why I wanted to teach, why the Montessori avenue?, and why the particular school I applied to. I revised, edited, and asked many friends to read my work before I made my final submissions. When I look back at the initial draft, and the final work I learned the value of peer evaluation, the value of another individual's thoughts on my work, and the value of writing with passion.
In my 7 years as a Montessori teacher I wrote many newsletters, notes to parents, and progress reports. I learned to write from a place of observation, not judgement, and to make inferences and deductions over a period of observation, over time. I learned that a love of writing can be fostered in young children if they are given access to the tools necessary to writing success.
My most recent adventures in writing have been going back to journal writing to express my most private thoughts, and a blog about my experiences as a Montessori teacher. The journal is for myself, the blog is to share thoughts about alternative education, offer advice to other educators and parents, and advocate child centered education. I’ve always written for myself, and I now look forward to sharing my writing with others, and using those experiences to propel my writing to the next level.
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