I just finished a 4-day workshop led by teachers from the NY Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.  I have to say that it was THE best professional development experience I’ve had in recent memory.  The four days flew past, and I learned so much.

Stephanie, a fourth grade teacher at my school, was my “writing partner” for the workshop.  We each wrote several pieces during the week, we read what we’d written to each other, we discussed information that the presenter gave us, and we practiced skills that we had been taught.  By the end of the four days we were much better friends and colleagues.  That kind of work and sharing develops trust.

We had a common bond.  Stephanie wrote a personal narrative about her grandmother – her “rock”, and I wrote one about my granddaughters.

Today was our last day, and as part of our “celebration” we each were to give our writing partner a gift – something to do with writing – preferably homemade.  Stephanie gave me a notebook with some of her favorite quotations inside – written by hand.

Here is my favorite.  It is taken from Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson:

Life is a game in which you are juggling 5 balls.  The balls are called work, family,health, friends, and integrity.  And you’re keeping all of them in the air.  But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball.  If you drop it, it will bounce back.  The other four balls – family, health, friends, integrity – are made of glass.  If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.  And once you truly understand the lesson of the 5 balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life.

Stephanie keeps a notebook of her favorite quotes and adds to it whenever she finds a quote that is particularly meaningful to her.  I never thought of keeping a quotation notebook, but I’m excited to begin one.  And the one she gave me is adorable – with a little yellow and pink angel on the front.

Here’s another quote Stephanie put in the notebook she gave me:

“Some people believe that time is money.  I believe that time is much more precious than that.  Money, as with any other object, can be found again when lost.  Time, on the other hand, is a permanently lost gift if it is not used wisely.”

~Duy Huynh~

A quotation notebook! I’m so glad I have one now.  I’m looking forward to filling it with my favorites.

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2 Responses to “The Writing Workshop and a gift”

  1. Jessica Says:

    1. Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas is a wonderful book. I’m a big fan of James Patterson for good, easy reading (that usually makes me cry).

    2. I’ve kept a quote notebook for several years, and I love going back through and reading them, because I can tell a lot about what I was going through at different times by the types of quotes I wrote down. (Most distinctly, I can tell when I was going through a breakup, since I would always write down lots of angry/sad song lyrics. What else would you expect from an angsty teenager, though?) I’ve slacked off on adding new quotes lately, unfortunately. It’s one of those things that kinda fell through the cracks when I started having to be an “adult”, but I think I’ve been inspired to start adding to my collection again…

    (This comment turned out to be a lot longer than I anticipated…)

  2. carol Says:

    Jessica! Thanks for visiting and commenting. I’m thrilled that you were here – and that you have commented before, too. It makes me feel so good. Hope to see you soon!

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