There is something inspirational about water. This picture aptly title “View of Paradise” invokes a feeling of peace and tranquility. I find myself in a state of mind to write more reflective and, perhaps, whimsical posts quite different from the current realities of winter.
Walking to my car last night after the first class of the new semester made me realize that I’m kind of okay with not having a window in my classroom. Perhaps we focused more intently on the lesson because we could not see the drizzling sleet outside. We were analytical and purposeful in our writing and discussions.
What environment do we need for the most productivity? But then what kind of productivity do we demand of ourselves? Is it okay sometimes to pause so we can look for the perfect inspirational picture? The compfight plugin allowed me to browse Creative Commons images with ease. I hope the caption will convey enough about the picture for a screenreader.
If my goal is to write routinely, then no matter what the end product is I should feel productive. Yes, blogging by following steps outlined by a team of professionals has helped me tap into a fountain of words that I’m thankful still exist after so long a dry spell. I also plan to share these tools with fellow teachers and teacher candidates, particularly steps for accessing and using images and copyrights.
So as I continue with the blogging challenge and find my footing as a writer, I add this picture to remind myself of our own getaway. My picture of the setting sun at Rough River Lake in Kentucky will be my inspiration.