Bob Boone

Writing Ideas

June 2010
Ideas especially for teachers

You have a lot to say about what you do.  If you doubt this, check out the “Teacher Tales” section in this web site. If you have ever written true stories about teaching or if you are looking for further ideas, here are a few more prompts that might work. 

  • Describe your very first day alone in the classroom.  Set the stage. Use lots of details. Make the reader feel what you felt.
  • Most of us become better teachers, sometimes by knowing what to look for and what to ignore. Tell a true story which illustrates how you became a more perceptive and selective teacher.
  • A Day in the Life.  We've all had particularly challenging years in which we felt pressure from all sides. Capture your challenging year by recreating a typical day. First person. Present tense.
  • We can all recall tense moments. Something serious is about to happen, but we don't know when or how. A lot is at stake. Recreate this moment. Make it as suspenseful as possible.
  • Small is big. Teaching provides rich memories. Often we look back and see that what seemed to matter a little matted a lot. Find one of these moments and tell the story.
  • Choices - Teaching is choosing. We might have a curriculum to follow and rules to adhere to, but we still must make choices all the time. We can't escape choices.  Recall a time when you had to make a tough choice. It could be a classroom moment or an extracurricular event. Tell the whole story -- What led up to it?  What did you do? Then what happened?

  • “Unexpected Consequence.” Sound familiar? Tell a story about a time that what you did produced some surprising and telling results.

  • Describe your biggest failure from beginning to end. Try to make it funny, even though it might not have been funny at the time.

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