My Inspiration: Slice of Life Tuesday

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My day consists of two different jobs.  Half the day is spent with fifth graders who are full of energy.  I co-teach with the intervention teacher as half of our students have IEPs for reading and writing.  The other part of my day is spent with teachers as a literacy coach.  And then there's the time I spend with adult learners after school.  I am inspired every day.

I am inspired by my students who work through the hard parts, who take risks, sometimes stumble, yet always rise above.  They make me think hard, but the work is very fulfilling.

I am inspired by my colleagues who are willing to try new things and ask questions.  Our jobs are difficult but rewarding.  We are preparing kids for careers that don't even exist yet.  It requires us to think outside the box; imagine what's not been done before.  I so appreciate those teachers who work through their fears and step out to explore new experiences with their students.

I am inspired by my writing friends.  I  believe so strongly in the power of being a writer myself.  It is through this work that I can refine my practice with my students.  My writing group plays an important role in my writing life.  We've established a community where it's safe to share and we are comfortable giving each other valuable feedback.  I always leave those gatherings feeling energized.

And then there are the people who I only know through online conversations.  Many of them are teachers who write. The blog, they share their thinking, they ask questions.  Their energy and love of learning inspire me every single day.

Each group feeds my soul professionally and personally.  Their work touches me, encourages me, and propels me forward.  Each is an important part of who I am as a teacher, coach and friend.

Who inspires you?

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  1. Thanks for tagging me about your post. I love the haiku deck of images and inspiration. You have been such a support to me in many ways. I am still lurking in the Maker Playground. I did get a copy of Last Stop on Market Street, so I'm halfway there. I may need to go back to haiku deck.

  2. Your job must keep you on your toes - shifting from one to the other halfway through the day! I know YOU are an inspiration to many!

  3. What an uplifting post. I'm so looking forward to spending time learning with you at the Dublin Lit conference...and being inspired!

  4. I am so thankful for social media and my blogging friends. Inspiration at the click of a button. What a wonderful opportunity for to share your wisdom with so many others and for them to receive it.

  5. You are lucky to be surrounded by so many inspirational people. As for me, my list is long. This community is on it - near the top!

  6. It's quite wonderful that you get to wear so many hats, Julie. I know it must be challenging as well, yet experiencing all those parts seems terrific to me. I am inspired by those I work with still, although my colleagues have narrowed, and by anyone I come into contact with, their ideas and dreams.

  7. Julie, great job that you are gathering your inspiration from many different groups. Each one feeds your creative soul in a different way I am sure.

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