So, I just have to say a little something about last week's WIFYR conference. For some reason I was feeling a LOT of anxiety about the whole thing, in spite of the fact that I've done the conference many times before. Who knows why?
BUT. I ended up having a spectacular week. Truly. Such interesting, talented students. I ended up learning--CLICHE ALERT! BUT IT'S TRUE--more from them than they did from me.
Anyway. One of the things I did with my class every morning was a free write. I'd put a random noun on the board and then they held forth on paper (without coming up for air) until I told them to stop (usually 10 or 15 minutes). So this week, I want to do the same. A free write every morning on some random noun. Bicycle. Dog. Ice cream. Christmas. Whatever.
So I am soliciting nouns from YOU. Then I will use them this week to free-write for my posts. It'll be a good writing exercise for me. I need it.