I love summer - once I get past the miss-my-kids-blues period....usually it takes about a week or two. Summer is ME time - time to explore, create, read, write, connect, and disconnect.
Social media is one thing I like to take time to explore during summer break - something I dabble in during school, but often push to the side to attend to more immediate tasks like my job and school-related tasks.
One of my explorations the first week we were out of school led me to explore some opportunities to focus on writing this summer. I landed on Kate Messner's Teachers Write 2016 and decided I NEED to make time for this! Not only that, but I WANT to give myself over to a scheduled time to write for a few weeks. I am excited to have the chance to work with other teachers who will also participate!
As I was reading through the various components, somehow I landed on Ali Edward's blog and fell in love with the idea of writing a Summer Manifesto myself! A manifesto is a public declaration of policy or aims, according to Webster's dictionary. Hmmm, publicly airing my aims for the summer? What if I don't do a single one? What if they seem shallow or silly to some folks I admire? What if....what if....what if...
I decided to just write and get down what I want to spend my time and energy focused on this summer - I purposefully didn't polish it up all bright and shiny, but I did add a tiny bling just to make it pretty - and hey, I was creating, so it helped me to meet one of the items on my manifesto. (Thanks to fellow Hoosier Digi by Amy for the pretty paper, frames, and clipart!)
Have a look - and be sure to leave me a comment and tell me what's on your own manifesto this summer!
Thanks for reading!
A wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, lifelong learner, educator