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Writing Workshop, 5 miles, and Car Trouble

Let’s start with the car trouble. Scheduled to go to a writing workshop with Rick Shelton presenting as part of #NWP early this morning. Engine light on. Check oil. Seems good. But just to be safe put a little in. Oooops. Power steering fluid. Go back to trunk. Get oil. Oooops. Antifreeze. WHAT?????????????????? Did I not just commit an ultra stupid mistake??? And not one time but two?????????? Tears. A few choice words. Sweat. Called hubby. He laughed. Not funny. Waited on him to get home. Stupid car. Stupid Monday. He changed the oil and air filter. Engine light still on. Wiggled some wires. Engine light cut off. WHAT?????????????/ I missed my writing workshop for THIS? Oh yeah. Last session at 1:00. Vroooomm-vroooommm………….. Made it. Thanks, Joe, my DH. Kiss kiss. 🙂

The writing workshop was fabulous. Rick Shelton made me laugh the entire time!!!!!!!!!!! It’s the 2nd time I’ve seen him.

Here are some takeaways:

Write with and for your kids. Can’t teach welding without being a welder. Can’t teach writing without being a writer.

Have you ever known a child prodigy writer? Nope. There aren’t any. It takes time…..

It takes 3-5 years to speak a foreign language and 8-15 to write one. Writing (English) is a foreign language.

Everything is revisable!

Use picture books all the way through high school.

When writing about a text, you don’t have to quote 5 lines. Just quote the right one.

When kids ask why they have to know something-tell them so you can have options in life.

When asking kids to paraphrase-SHOW them. LOTS.

It was a FANTASTIC workshop!!! 🙂

Finally, the 5 miles. I ran 5 miles yesterday in about 63 minutes. With 8 walk breaks. YES-8 walk breaks. There were not sitting stations along my dirt road-otherwise there would have been several sitting breaks!!

And I have a half marathon on August 10? GULP. 🙂

20130715-224051.jpgThese are 5 of my favorite furry friends that ran with me. They kept me going along with a very cool playlist. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Writing Workshop, 5 miles, and Car Trouble

  1. When it rains . . . I’ve never done that but I have put to much oil in a lawn mower cuz of not thinking and boy that’s a mess. I am so glad you still got to go to your workshop. I love the thoughts. I’m not a writer but I do know that pictures with words sink in better for all ages then just words. Especially when lots of words.
    Thanks for sharing and your running was good. You’ll make it, keep praticing. I’m still working on 5K’s. I really don’t think I could do something longer. Walking yes, running/jogging nope!
    Take care Sharon and have an awesome day. Blessings!!

  2. Hi! Found your blog via Pinterest and I’m now your newest follower! Love love love the post-its layout/theme. Also, good luck on the half marathon! You’re braver than I am!!!! I’m also an edublogger — head over and check out my blog if you have a chance. There’s a giveaway going on right now!

    Can’t wait to keep up with you here!


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    • Hey Emily! I love meeting other teacher bloggers!! I’m going to your blog to check it out! Thanks for the follow. 🙂

    • Lisa,

      No but similar. They are heeler cattle dogs. We have blue and red. We LOVE them, too! 🙂 We have 6 of them. Oh, and 1 chocolate lab. 🙂

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