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Welcome! This site is brand new and under construction. Thanks for your patience and grace!
In March, I started a blog.  I  wanted it to be a place where I captured heart, so I named it “Chasing Beauty.”  It soon became a place for celebration, reflection, and hope.
As more of my posts became about teaching, I felt like I needed to give those posts their own home.  There is so much beauty in teaching, so I created “Chasing Beauty in the Classroom.”  After all, if I’m chasing beauty anywhere, it should be where my heart spends most its time. It should be chased on the faces of my kids, in the pages of their notebooks, in the voices of our conversations. It should be found  in the tears that are shed and wiped dry, in the actions that change moments into redemption. . .   it should be found in the classroom.
I need not only to chase the beauty, but capture it . My hope is that this might be a holding place for such things.
Here’s to using the written word to share, celebrate, and reflect!  I hope you will join me.
7 Comments leave one →
  1. Katherine permalink
    July 22, 2010 7:07 pm

    Lindsay, you are so humble! You have not told me about this gorgeous blog! I just caught it on Facebook, where you posted the kindest words about my work. Thank you.

    I love that post about completely changing your room at the end of the year to open to beauty and grace through poetry. Your kids look so happy about that.

    I can’t wait to read more posts!

    • July 22, 2010 7:53 pm

      Katherine! what an honor to hear from you on here! I just created the page this week after being inspired by Stacey’s “Two Writing Teachers” site! It’s such a great place to organize and reflect and share! I’m a bit new to the blog world, but it seems to hold a lot of potential!

      I have to tell you I actually decided to start writing a blog (LindsayReyes.wordpress.com) after you challenged a group of us to write more and write in community. You were right! It’s been such a powerful experience- and great for writing accountability, too!

      Thanks for the comment about the poetry post–the kids did love it! I think poetry saved us all this year. 🙂 It was a perfect end.
      THANK YOU!

  2. Cindy B. permalink
    August 11, 2010 12:38 am

    Lindsay,
    You bring tears to my eyes! I just now got a peek at your blog and I agree with Katherine. It is gorgeous. I have a precious teacher who is seeking these things so I instantly texted her and I know she will be thrilled. This will be a great resource and hopefully a place to share our learning this year too. Keep posting!!! Our classes start next Thursday:)

  3. October 24, 2010 11:02 am

    Lindsay,

    Thank you for creating this website. There are a lot of things here that will add to what I already have. I have be collected and working on documents and I would love to give back some of these things.

    I have a few things, including some new thinking with book bands, that I picked up yesterday at TC’s reunion day. I think it will compliment what you have on book bands already. Once I pull it out of my chicken scratch and type it up that is.

    Thanks!

    Matt

    • October 24, 2010 8:24 pm

      Hi Matt!

      Thank you! So you were at the reunion, too? I’m still processing my awe of Kate DiCamillo…

      I’d love to hear the thinking you are doing around book bands and any other documents you want to share! I feel like sometimes with this work, I’m building the ladder as I climb, and collaboration makes me feel like i’m not alone.

      Have a great week! hope to hear from you soon-
      lindsay

      • Matt permalink
        October 26, 2010 7:34 pm

        Hey Lindsay,

        I have been reading your blog through today since sitting down at the computer. From what I can piece together, your back story of becoming inspired and ending up teaching where you are now is really wonderful.

        I remember reading the introduction of Katie Wood Ray’s book, The Writing Workshop, and she commented on how lonely workshop teaching can be and how sometimes we buy the books just so we don’t feel so lonely.

        I think your idea of the “ladder” brought that back into my mind. Sometimes, I feel like I’m fighting the current of low expectations and “it’s just too much work” that so many seem to be spewing forth.

        Finding your blog and other places like this, help me to feel that all the teaching I believe can be happening for my students, is really a possibility because someone else is doing it.

        I’m not part of a community of people who are looking to really push themselves beyond what they have been doing. So, finding someone, really talking about teaching and it feeling honest feels good.

        So, I plan to be here often. I’m fairly new and there is so much more I have to learn and try and do. I know that will always be the case and I hope I don’t forget it.

        When I start getting some documents together from my workshops, I will send them over. Lastly, I will be seeing Kathleen Bomer on Thursday. From what I can tell, you really were taken by her words and I’m hoping they will have the same impact on me.

        Matt

  4. October 26, 2010 7:55 pm

    Hi Matt,

    I tell you what, you are so encouraging to hear from! It is an absolute honor that you would sit down to read this. Sometimes I feel silly putting my thoughts on paper. Getting responses like this remind me that it’s not so silly after all.

    I think the workshop can be lonely at any stage, whether you’ve done it forever or if you are in a school who’s been doing it for years. I’m learning that challenging yourself and pushing beyond what is expected (from others or even yourself) means that you may be alone sometimes. I’ve felt that a little this year. On the other hand, I’ve also realized this year that finding just ONE other person who shares your passion can save your life. Sometimes that person is across the hall… other times it’s someone you meet at a Summer Institute and you support each other through email. THank goodness for the Blog age, huh?! 🙂

    Anyway, I’m challenged by your dedication and excitement and hope that we get to do some real collaborating. I’d love to hear your ideas and get your notes on cool workshops. Speaking of–

    I must say, I’m MOST jealous that you get to see Katherine Bomer on Thursday. Where do you teach? Where is this workshop. Either way- expect to be set afire. I am always stirred and changed by her words and am certain you will be too. She is my hero.

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