Lewis N. Jackson's Blog

May 18, 2019

school is almost out in two weeks

It's been a momentous year, returning to school as a teacher after an almost two year hiatus. Last week a student of mine killed himself. This is just one of many things that happens in the school environment these days... in just about any school I'm convinced now. Salaries are low, work conditions are less than ideal, and there is a shortage of teachers as teachers are looking for an exit... again I'm supposing this is the case in most schools with few exceptions. My short answer for student low academic performance is not lack of ability, but low self esteem. low aspiration, low outlook for a positive future. From here, this log can go on for quite a long time. But in short, I still believe in teaching as a worthwhile profession and educators should strive to integrate that hope for a bright future somehow into their lesson plans. So I have my plans for school next year laid out for the summer... prepare lesson plans that motivate students to develop a positive self concept about their future.
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Published on May 18, 2019 20:21

April 18, 2017

Dealing with writer's block

My best thoughts/ muse comes to me at night or early in the twilight. I try to habitually write down these gems when they surface. (Scrap paper and pencil at the ready by the side of my bed-- and try not to wake the wifey.) I find now that I can just make myself write, in other words, the writer's block is an illusion that has to be challenged and more times then not is just the apparition of not being able to write. Something magical happens when you pick up the pencil and touch it to the paper.

Give yourself mini vacations, opportunities for your mind to refill its creativity bucket. Gardening, jogging, hiking, mindless relaxing stuff refills the muse. Ksana-Kai by Lewis Jackson Note, many accomplished poets have no idea of the ending of their poems before they write. They count on that writing magic that's inspired by the pencil touching the paper. :)
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Published on April 18, 2017 11:25