It’s that time of year... The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, the rain is helping the spring colors begin to bloom, and children are getting antsy. It happens every year, without fail.
This past week I have spent enjoying spring break, and it was a much needed break. I definitely accomplished several tasks around the house, met up with my sister for some great lunches, and fit in some much needed reading time! Also on the to-do list: post to the blog! But I have been having some serious writer’s block. Which is ironic, because as soon as I step through the doors to my classroom this coming Monday, it will be full speed ahead with writing instruction as our state testing will begin almost immediately (6 days is nothing in school time!)
The kids will be participating in Camp-Write-Along this week. A week-long celebration (and review) of great writing. (I will definitively post some pictures of “Camp” later, along with some of the activities if you want to borrow.) And, then the culminating event will be their state writing test. We have been calling it the Super Bowl of Writing. It is a time to bring our “A-game.” Everything we have practiced for leads up to this.
Which reminds me of a commercial I saw during football season. (I’ve been trying to work this into a post since November, y’all and it’s finally coming to fruition!) It’s an Under Armour commercial with Tom Brady (not a fan, but the commercial is cool.) There’s a series of these commercials out there under the tag line “Rule Yourself.” It’s a well done campaign, but the Tom Brady edition fits with education really well. Watch for yourself:
And, here’s why I like it:
I like the “army of Bradys.” It reminds me of a class full of kids. I like the line, “Every Single Day.” Both the positive and tedious connotations. Every Single Day we have to put forth our best, and Every Single Day it’s tough. It’s rewarding, but it’s tough. And, then the line at the end is the clincher.
“You are the sum of all your training.”
How true is that?! When I first went to the Summer Writing Institute at Teacher’s College, I remember Lucy Calkins saying that if you want to be a good tennis player, you have to spend time playing tennis. If you want to be a good writer, you have to spend time writing. The time you put into achieving any goal matters, and the more you practice the better you will get.
I will definitely use this commercial as part of my motivational talks this week. My Fourth Graders are about to face the biggest writing challenge of their Fourth Grade Lives. And they have been practicing. Every. Single. Day. No wonder they’re antsy.
And, it serves as a good reminder to us adults too. If those Fourth Graders can sit down and face their Super Bowl of Writing, then there’s a lot of challenges we can face too, if we just take the time to do it.