Sometimes I worry about Facebook.
Is it mentally healthy to be able to stay connected to your childhood friends especially when you live in your childhood town?
Do I really want everyone who is my Facebook friend to be able to read my blog when that is not the audience I intend it for?
All kinds of other silly worries… I know I shouldn’t worry, but…I am me.
But on the other hand I recently received a message from a friend that I haven’t seen nearly enough in the past year (names changed for privacy). That is a positive of Facebook!
Subject: good feedback…
“I’ve been wanting to share with you… last week I was asking the girls what their favorite part of the first week of school was. Sally said that your writing time was her favorite, as she proceeded to tell me all about three stories that she started writing (along with a story that you had shared with them). I didn’t even have to coax her beyond recess! Thanks for your dedication to all of our kids and their education! We are so fortunate to have educators and friends like you!”
How much do I LOVE that!
Not that I was her favorite part of her first week of school, but that WRITING was her favorite part! Presentation and storytelling is so important in inspiring young writers! Getting to kick off writing workshop in multiple classroom over multiple weeks has been a blast! It doesn’t matter what the age, their stories are so great, and the ability for kids to learn quickly how to shape words to pull their reader in is darn amazing. I’ve gotten to hear/read during writing conferences with students about how the wind blows your hair back from your face as you go up the incline of a roller coaster and how to feels to pull back the string (so not the actual word) on the bow of your first deer hunt while your dad whispers in your ear and lets you take the first shot (I hate hunting but was able to marvel at his words.).
Pretty amazing. I love my job and I love that most every work day includes a happy, waist-high hug, and enthusiastic silent waves from students on their way from one part of the building to the next.