Welcome! I'm so glad you are here visiting today. After your stop here at the ridge, be sure to sail over to Donna's space Mainely Write, where she is hosting the round-up for us.
I'm glad to be back with my Poetry Friday friends this week. I have been away hosting my other dear friends and members of the CSISD Writing Project. This is the third year that our school district has offered The Heart of Texas Writing Project professional development for the teaching of writing. This summer institute is truly a transformative experience for the participants. As teacher consultants, we are honored to be in a room full of teacher writers so dedicated to providing authentic writing instruction for their students. In celebration of our week together as writers, I am sharing a few pictures that capture our work and a piece inspired by these writers with wings.
Writers with Wings
With many voices all coming together to learn and grow as writers, the room became a safe place. It became a space to question, a space to explore, and a place to feel stuck. So we dreamed a little dream together. We imagined this not only for ourselves, but for our students. And in the midst of that dream, we opened our hearts and dared our minds to give that dream flight, to give it wings. We vowed to give our students those wings to stretch out and fly into this world as thinkers and as writers. For on the wings of a writer, humanity is restored. And the space between words and this world, is only as wide as our desire to fill it.
Invitation to Write:
Discovering and exploring your identity as a writer is often a great place to begin your writing life. Spend some time getting to know yourself by writing inside your notebook. Write widely and often. Read and reread. Give yourself some grace. Focus on what is there rather than what is not. It is through a lens of appreciation that we must learn to view our own writing. It is through this lens that we may begin to expect and welcome the sound of our own words pitter-pattering upon the page. It is through this lens that we mine the words of others, those writers at heart.
8/4/2017 03:42:18 am
These words, "Give yourself some grace. Focus on what is there rather than what is not." are so powerful. I have been focusing on what I'm stuck on this past week....didn't even really know it until reading your post. Keisha, Texas is lucky to have you. So GLAD that you are inspiring other teachers in collaboration with them. Thanks for this post today.
8/4/2017 04:26:51 am
"Welcome the sound of our own words pitter pattering upon the page." Love that! What an incredible week of learning you've fostered and nurtured. Thank you for sharing it here.
8/4/2017 06:59:12 am
"It is through a lens of appreciation that we must learn to view our own writing." Tough to do, but a valuable lesson for writers of all ages!
8/4/2017 04:42:12 pm
It sounds like a wonderful week, Kiesha. Your words are inspiring.
8/4/2017 07:46:56 pm
Sounds like a safe, nurturing environment to try out new writing techniques.
Mary Lee Hahn
8/5/2017 04:03:04 am
Huzzah for a "room full of teacher writers so dedicated to providing authentic writing instruction for their students"!!
8/5/2017 05:42:53 am
You are an amazing mentor and leader. This week was intense and impactful. Thank you for always leaving the door open to learning for everyone who crosses your path.
8/6/2017 05:15:53 pm
Hi Kiesha, "And the space between words and this world, is only as wide as our desire to fill it." This is such a beautiful line and thought, thank you for this and for encouraging our "pitter pattering" on our page!
8/12/2017 09:41:56 am
Ah, interesting.....not only are you filling up in your own voice....but you recognize the voice of the moon. It's your friend, your muse your confidant. Wonderful poem and prompt. Thank you.
4/17/2018 07:53:49 pm
Your poem affected life?! Yes, you can share your lovely poem and its great "after story" with the world... Submit now on LifePoemsProject.com
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Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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