Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Friday, August 17, 2012

Five Minute Friday - Stretch

So, here’s the skinny: every Friday for over a year hundreds of people join a kind of writing flash mob over here. We write for five minutes flat. All on the same prompt that Lisa-Jo posts here at 1 minute past midnight EST ever Friday. And we connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.  There is no extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation. It is unscripted, unedited, real and sometimes raw.  It started because She’d been thinking about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. And she figured, why not take 5 minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.  So now on Fridays a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write without worrying if it’s just right gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes.
Your words. This shared feast.  It’s easy to join in, just:
  1. Check what the prompt is on my blog.
  2. Write a post in only five minutes on that topic on your blog.
  3. Link over here and invite friends to join in.
  4. Select the permalink to your post {so not your blog url but your post url }
  5. Using the linky tool at the bottom of my Five Minute Friday post enter your link.
  6. Your post will show up in our Five Minute Friday linky.
  7. Be sure and encourage the person who linked up before you!
Our most important requirement for participation: There’s really only one absolute, no ifs, ands or buts about it Five Minute Friday rule: you must link up with Lisa-Jo by clicking here and then visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.  Are you ready to get started?  I know I am.

Today's word is Stretch

I got up this morning and the first thing I did was stretch.  I stuck my leg out from under the warmth of the covers and pointed my toes as far as I could.  I then took my right arm out of the warmth and pointed my finger at the ceiling.  Ummmmm that felt good.  I did not stretch the left side of my body just then.  I waited until I turned the covers away from me totally and quietly so I did not wake up my sleeping husband.  After standing beside the bed and locating my glasses I stretched up on my toes and envisioned myself as a prima ballerina.  Believe me...that is a stretch.  Monday will be the beginning of a long stretch known as the school year.   This whole week, and part of last week,  I have been stretching myself at work trying to improve my lesson plans and classroom to enable my students to learn more effectively.  I have attended many inservices on teaching with video clips, modifying assessments, making assessments count and today I will be learning about bloodborne pathogens, school safety, entering textbooks into INow, and all about Educate Alabama (which is our evaluation program).  I feel like today will be the biggest is the home stretch.  Smiling faced, happy students will enter into the building at 7:45 on Monday and begin to stretch their minds.  I am excited.....and I hope they are.......but that will be a stretch.  Happy Friday to you!



Jaimie said...

You're my neighbor at FMF! :)

I know so many other people who are preparing for this upcoming school year. I and my husband are starting our senior year of college, my dad is a Lutheran school teacher, my brother is starting college for the first time and my sister is starting 8th grade homeschooling.

Yep, it's a stretch is right! Praying that everything goes great for you today and you have a wonderful start to your school year. Blessings!! :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Hard to believe that summer is over and your back at school already. Have a great year!