5 minute pieces. 15 minute pieces. 30 minute pieces. 6 week pieces. Literary Genres. Memoirs, Informative. Opinion. Biographies. Social Commentary. Checking off- Check check check… down the list…
“I’ve never written so much in my life as I have in 6th grade, Ms. Kitchen,” Gabby reveals to me one morning while I took attendance and she sifts through a folder. I smiled, secretly honored.
I’m sitting here in the lab with my 23 students. Quiet, with the exception of a string version of, “Bullet Proof,” by David Guetta playing through my lap top. Lights low. I hear the tapping of the keys. All year long, we’ve been exercising and flexing our writing muscles.
What do I want for them? What do I want for them… whatdoIwantforthem… Hm. I want to hear them. I want to feel the shake of their writing voices resound with bellowing echoes. I want for them to not be afraid to speak their minds. I don’t want them just to think outside the box, I want them to shatter the very notion of the box with the novelty of their ideas. Kicking it in. Burning it up. Restricting ideologies and the confines of self-doubt burnt up in a smoldering swirl as words pitter patter on the keyboard.
I wish for them to feel the power of moving ideas, shifting and stretching, transported uniquely through the lyrical vehicles of verse. I want them to feel it in their gut. In their hearts. Lighting up their minds with radical concepts and mind bending notions that inspire them to leap from the safe harbors of the objectively discreet. Pouring through their fingertips. The pitter pattering on the keyboard. I hear it. Who knows? Maybe I’m only clearing the run way for their flight to take off in years to come. I’m still honored to be holding the broom.
I haven’t counted how many pieces we’ve done collectively over the year. A lot. I’ll continue to check check check down the lists of goals and objectives. It’s fun. It’s not a chore. But more than that…
The most important thing to me is that these “pieces,” assist in the construction of the colorful mosaic puzzle that is each of them. For each piece to help illuminate the masterpiece that is their own identity. That is my hope.
That’s my main goal. 30 minute writing piece. Check! Done.