"Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths."
I can't remember where I got this quote from this week. It could of been from a daily email I receive or maybe it was on twitter but what does matter is I reflected on these words. These words were important to receive this week as I tried to stay focused on a normal work and home schedule, while anticipating spring break. Deep breaths are important for each of us to take. I've discovered as a writer I have another format I like to use. I like to anchor my Choice Literacy writing to a quote of a professional mentor, a text that has guided my own thinking the reader is about to read. I think much of what we do as educators is tweaking someone else's thinking to make it work for us. We are stronger when we stand on the shoulders of others and with others.
When I discovered I like to use quotes to jumpstart my articles, I remembered collecting quotes when I was younger, in a notebook. I wanted to start collecting quotes in one place again and found a great app to use. Quotebook is easy. You can copy a quote from twitter, a blog, or a website and paste it in the quote space. You can also type it in the quote text box. Then you can add the author, the source, give it a 5 star rating, and add tags. To keep life simple, I add my quote, the author, and right now my tagging system is really easy; life or education. I'm going to think about more ways to incorporate quotes within the writing I do.