Ginny and I are making lot of progress on the book this summer. We have edited all the lessons for content and manuscript guidelines. This has been a tedious process, but I really think the lessons are well-organized and in really good condition to publish. Michelle Garcia Winner is writing the overview of Social Thinking chapter (she actually coined the term, so how could we write about it better?) Ginny has been working on the overview of Teach Social First chapter, while I have been stuck on the classroom management chapter. I tried writing out the key components, thinking that would give me the jump start I needed. I tried thinking about it while running (usually a good time to think creatively). And, yesterday I did some gardening thinking that would give me some ideas. Nothing. Complete writer’s block. I will add that I did use this time to work on exciting parts of the book, like the reference list (hahaha) and the dedication, acknowledgments, and author bios.
Then Ginny called this morning stuck on how to write about the lesson components – how to organize them in a reader friendly way. I suggested that she chunk it into 4 components: book reading, strategy instruction, challenges, and handouts. And, at that moment a light bulb when off in my head.
We do not need to talk about behavior management in a different chapter, it will be too repetitive, or the reader will constantly be flipping back to the overview chapter to put it all together. The behavior management connection needs to be in the overview chapter!
It is hard to put into words the sense of relief and ability to formulate ideas after putting this all together. Writing is hard work, but not in a way that I have ever worked before. You have to let ideas come to you (read: be patient, not my strongest personality trait) and when they do, it feels utterly gratifying!