Saturday, October 25, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 - 15 Teenagers and Me

It's that time of year again...

OMG! So, this year I have around 15 students participating with me from my school. What makes this extraordinarily amazing is that I teach at an Alternative High School, which I like to refer to as the Island for Misfit Toys. These kids are not what you would think. Most people think that alternative high schools are full of delinquents who are in and out of jail. Well, not mine. Most of my students just didn't fit in to the comprehensive mold . They got lost in the sea of students flooding in and out of classrooms designed for 25 but housed 38. These are kids who are so inspiring, they make me want to be a better person, teacher, mom, etc. Anyway, I have roughly 15 participating in NaNo this year. They have been outlining, mapping with post its, talking about stories, etc. for almost a month. I'm so excited to see how they do. I even said that I thought they should go for 30k since they're kids, but when they heard that last year you could get your ms printed for free (1-3 copies...I can't remember) they all said they want to go for 50k. OK then. Let's do this. 

That being said, the pressure is on. I have been so busy that I have let my own NaNo get away from me, and since I'm a planner, this is a bit overwhelming. So last night the official planning began. I have seven days to get my stuff together because I feel like if I don't do it, I'm letting them down as well. YIKES! 

So, wish me luck! I'll check in from time to time to let you all know how we're doing. It's official... I'm a ...


P.S. If you do read this and are doing NaNoWriMo, please comment in the comments. I'd love to show my kids how real the support is out there. Thanks!!!!