“Are we doing NaNoWriMo again this year?” asked the returning student. Honestly, it surprised me. A student looked forward to the NaNoWriMo challenge? I was more than a bit impressed.

Last year I learned about NaNoWriMo while watching a Ted talk. The topic was that we have the ability to learn anything. The speaker listed the things he had tried in the past year and one of them was this challenge. It turns out that thousands of people attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. Now it has a name, National Novel Writing Month. The student version was what I implemented in class with more success than I anticipated going into it.

“Are you doing NaNoWriMo, Mrs. Colbert?” Honestly, I don’t think I have a novel in me. On the other hand, I learned about National Blog Posting Month, NaBloPoMo, and have this well intentioned, but ignored blog available. Consider me in the game to write and publish one post every day for the month of November.


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Middle School teacher. Technology. Student Leadership. CUE. Lifelong California girl. Go falcons! @louise_colbert

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