The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! Before I get started with why I’m here… here’s a little about me.

Name: Stephanie Meier (and before you ask…no, I didn’t write Twilight..)

Years Teaching: This is my first year teaching.

Grade: 2nd (as you can tell from my pithy title)

Hobbies: Baking, hiking, playing and listening to music, reading, and going to the movies.

Favorite Subject to teach: Science.

Why I’m Here:

As soon as the email came out about this challenge, I was overwhelmingly convicted by something Dana (one of the instructional coaches in our district) wrote. One of the benefits listed on the flyer she made was that we would become better teachers of writing by doing it ourselves. I was immediately reminded of one of my favorite quotes by my all-time favorite woman in history.

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I was struck by guilt as I realized- how many things per day am I asking my students to do that I wouldn’t do myself in my own life? Am I modeling the practices of a good writer in my own life? And if not…how can I expect them to do it every day in class? So, in short, I’m here to hold myself accountable for the things I’m asking my students to do, to learn and grow from a community of other educators, and push myself out of my comfort zone.

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Alright Eleanor, you’ve made your point. This is something that scares me, and I’m doing it. Thanks for coming along for the ride.


Xo, Steph




3rd year, 2nd grade teacher!

7 thoughts on “The Journey Begins

  1. Using 2018 as a year to face fears with a smile and grow from that courage sounds like a great idea! Thanks for letting us know a little something about yourself before starting the challenge, the context will be beneficial I’m sure. Good luck!

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  2. Welcome to the challenge! I am so glad you are doing something out of your comfort zone and brave. And I promise you it will make you a better, more empathetic teacher of writing. I can’t wait to read your stories this month!

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  3. I think as a first year teacher, you will be surprised at all the slices that will be found in your day just waiting for you to capture them. I love the quotes that you included, and the first one is so true and is something I totally believe! Good luck this month!

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  4. Lovely to meet you. So glad you are choosing to take part in March SOL. Yes it can be scary but it is such a wonderful community. You will stretch as a writer and meet may caring slicers.
    You are at the beginning of your career – I have finished mine (and still miss teaching). You have a fabulous journey ahead of you!

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