I wrote earlier today about getting back on the saddle and sharing writing prompts and participating in writing exercises. You can read about that here
Here's how this one works: You pick a day of the week and write it vertically like so:
I will post below mine for Monday and on Friday I'll post one I wrote for Fridays.
Feel free to post your own submission either below or link to it from your own facebook page and link to and from here.
This can be fiction, poetry, prose, etc.
Only rule is no negative posts about those brave enough to post here.
I'm going to try to tie some of mine in with autism since this is Autism Awareness Month.
My advice: Turn off the inner editor that says you can't do this or you may make a mistake. Just shut that inner editor off and write and post.
On Wednesday I'll post a different exercise.
Mondays, I and many I know, treat as if it's the worst day of the week. But upon greater reflection that may not always be the case.
On Mondays I am full of reflection and regret, for what I did over the weekend and what I didn't do. I did have fun and relax but, for example, I did not
do all the errands I had planned.
No, I don't usually have much time for this pondering before something happens at work, forcing me to replace self-reflection with dealing with a problem, most often behavioral in nature.
Do I say or do something or let someone else take lead on this particular problem? With our special needs students it helps to have just one adult talking at a time and it's important to give them extra time to process thoughts, instructions and questions. Am I trying to help nonverbal or barely verbal students use words to explain what they want? Or am I instead interpreting their wants and needs based on gestures? Or, more often, I'm trying to get students who are quite verbal and loud to decrease the volume and replace screams and shouts with words.
Always on Mondays I am hoping a few students have learned the art of the "inside voice" and/or whisper. Have I looked longingly before at the headphones worn by students sensitive to loud noises and wished someone would invent an invisible or barely visible device that can stop my bat-like hearing from being able to hear every decible? Maybe. I'll tell you this - You don't need coffee to stay awake in this class, the loud screams and shouts will keep you from falling asleep.
That said, there is always a few things each day that makes the noises and any frustrations worth it. It might be something amusing or a student learning something. Lately for me it has been watching a student, nonverbal for months, gradually saying a few new words each days, often about the two things that matter most - going to lunch and going to home. I can't describe what it's like to watch him, cued by me, name the foods he wants to eat and, yes, in his case, ketchup IS a food.
Yes, Mondays can be difficult sometimes as students, especiallly those who have autism, are a bit "off" after having routines changed during the weekend and, often, sleepy from whatever they did during that weekend.
And yet Mondays can be exciting too - a whole week to try new things, new approaches, new strategies at helping students learn and behave properly.
Sure it's easy to get down focused on Monday problems.
Or you can do what I'm trying to do of late, focus on those students happy and exciting to be back in school with their friends and staff, ready to return to routines or try new things.