Have you heard of
the Semicolon Project? It is a project that has been started to raise awareness
for mental health, depression, addiction, and suicide. I love, love, love the premise
of this movement. Of course as a teacher and lover of writing I see it on a
whole different level than what it is intended, but the feeling of…more is the same!
represents just that; more. There is still so much more to write, more to say,
more to live, more to be, more to you. That is what this project is trying to
instill in the hearts of people. That just because there may be an addiction,
there may be depression, there may be mental health, physical health, and
things you can’t determine or see there is always more! More to these people-
more to these feelings and thoughts, more to their lives than just the “label.”
I have had people
with addiction and mental illness in my life. I often see others write them off
because of it. As if they are not worthy of their time. I feel sorry for these
people. They miss out on some wonderful conversations and friendships. I think
they are afraid these “symptoms” will somehow reflect on their character or
social standing. It does not.
What I see is; more.
The other great
thing about the semicolon and this project is the possibilities I see for
greatness in my classroom!! A vessel for lessons and MORE!
I have been
searching for my inspiration for this school year and I believe this is it.
A semicolon on my
door leads to discussion the very first day for students and parents alike.
They are all “more” than what they enter with. I will expect “more,” they will
leave being and knowing “more.”
A semicolon drawn on
their hand helps them to remember the rules for writing and that their stories
need “more” (this is where I have to confess I am seriously considering a tattoo!
Yes me at the age of 50!!).
Semicolons placed strategically
throughout the room serves as a reminder that there is always “more” to be
And of course a semicolon
above the teacher’s reading table lets them know I believe in their greatness
and that they all mean “more” to mean than what they know.
This sentence from
the Semicolon Project is what has given me such great inspiration “A semicolon represents a sentence the author
could have ended, but chose not to. The sentence is your life and the author is
you.”- Project Semicolon. Love!
Love! Love! This quote will be my bulletin board!