Completing assignments that require expression and/or analysis of Op Ed pieces can be challenging
I have written other published pieces, but I really struggled finding a rhythm in my letter to Mr. Trump. Eventually, I felt I nailed it. With other pieces I have written, I had to just leave them alone and call it good, but my letter to Trump was different. I had to love it.
Your story and the way you experience the world deserves an audience.
My open letter to Mr. Trump is a small part of my story and the impact of being able to share my ideas has given me confidence. My students remind me all the time that when our stories live in places where they can be shared then our voice is multiplied. Publishing that letter has been one of the most fulfilling learning experiences of my life. I am practicing what I preach to my students - “Live with passion, get educated about what is important and elevate your voice!”
I am very curious so the writing process really fills my desire to keep learning. Finding ways to engage people takes creativity. Putting your ideas out there for public consumption opens you up to learning opportunities. People will tell you what they think so be ready. Whether my audience is critical or positive, if my writing engages a reader enough that they choose to voice their own ideas then it is a win. Writing has helped me grow as a teacher. My students see me taking a risk in much the same way I ask them to in class. Progress is accelerated through shared ideas.