I’m still in the middle of the #teacher5adayPE challenge and actually starting to “enjoy” wallsits and there’s #teacher5adaysketch to look forward to. I’m the new kid on the playground so I don’t know what’s been done before but I wanted to suggest another half-term challenge in the form of #teacher5adaywrite.
The idea is to choose from one of the following activities each day of the holidays, as with the other challenges it’s all about “having a go”, and discovering new things. The activities can be done on any day you like, there’s no particular order:
- Write a Haiku
As you know, haikus are seventeen syllables long, three lines of five, seven and five. Traditionally they are on the subject of nature, and it’ll do you good to get out so off you go.
2. Write the first line to your bestseller
We’ve all got a book in us, and it’s actually very liberating to write it. Remember it doesn’t have to be any good, you don’t have to show it to anyone or try and publish it but that shouldn’t stop you writing it (or them) anyway. I’ve never found time to join the National Novel Writing Month challenge but it looks great.
3. Write a Hadfield Poem
I’ve written previously about this idea from Charles Hadfield that I just love, the following frame makes for great little poems, even if you’re as uncreative as I am:
Line 1: Where
Line 2 : a (adjective) (person)
Line 3 : What are they doing
Line 4: What are they thinking of
The Morning Brainstorm
Hunched over the kitchen table
The cold-toed teacher
Blurring her fingers on the keyboard
Thinking about thinking
4. Write an article
If you’re not reading journals dedicated to your field then this is the opportunity to leaf through a few and find your own voice on something you feel strongly about. Like your novel, you don’t have to send it to be published, but then again, why not?
If you don’t blog then you can tell me below why, if you do then now is the chance to reflect on what you get from blogging and tell us all about it. Remember to add a link to your post in the comments below.
6. Write a mission statement
Just like any successful venture, you need a mission statement, so take the time to have a think about it, and then write it somewhere that you can refer back to from time to time. Don’t forget that it will need updating occasionally, after all, we are all work in progress!
7. To-do list
You know how much I love a to-do list, well the holidays are the perfect opportunity to take note of where you are and where you need to go during the next half-term.
Please let me know how you get on with this challenge and add your own ideas below!
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