A couple of years ago I participated in the #100DOSW (100 Days of Summer Writing). Although I didn’t quite finish – did I even get halfway? – the mentor texts were invaluable, such as Kobe Bryant’s “Dear Basketball.” The following school year and summer school session I used Kobe’s mentor text in class (pictured below). Students are so creative; they blew me away!
Next week is spring break, and when we return, students will no longer be virtual on Wednesdays. The options will only be five days face-to-face or five days virtual. Today, I feel I’m saying goodbye to something I’ve come to love. The “Dear Basketball” format seems most fitting. So, here goes –
You gave this teacher her dream of more time. And I’ll always love you for it. But I can’t love you obsessively for much longer. These next two days are all I have left to give. My body can take the expectations. My mind can handle the productivity. But my heart knows it’s time to say goodbye.