A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well, they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. Ursula Le Guin
Today I observed a sixth grade social studies class at a middle class middle school and an eighth grade English class at a 7-12 low socio-economic secondary school. On the way home I stopped at the store for laundry detergent and was greeted by a “grumbly” cashier.
In a little while I will lead an intern seminar on student behaviors and teacher responses, then go to my writing group.
Yes, I am spending my life learning (and teaching) the skill and art of using words well.