Writing – One Month

So, here I am, at the end of Camp NaNoWriMo for the first time in April. I set a goal of 10,000 words for How to Help Your Child with Fifth Grade Mathematics: Using the Common Core Standards. I ended up writing 14,073 words this month. So, in terms of that, I think I did well. I also worked full-time as a teacher, shepherding my students through standardized testing. And I wrote 30 poems, one a day, for National Poetry Month.

One thing I discovered is that I am going to have to write a lot more than I thought I did. I knew that I needed to set a modest goal for writing in April, and 10,000 was perfectly reasonable. However, I only managed three complete chapters, and started on a fourth.

For the Operations and Algebraic Thinking section, I finished a chapter titled Using Parentheses and Evaluating Expressions. For Number and Operations in Base Ten, I finished Understand Place Value. For the Number and Operations – Fractions domain, I finished Add and Subtract Fractions with Unlike Denominators, which was the longest chapter I wrote. I spent many days on that chapter. Near the end of the month, I began work on Convert Measurement Units for the section on Measurement and Data; that chapter is still a work in progress.

I doubt that I’ll be writing in May, which is the last month of the school year. I need to focus on teaching and finishing this year with my current students. I’ll pick up writing again in June, and I may even participate in Camp NaNoWriMo again in July to continue working on this book. My goal is to have the book mostly finished, a solid first draft, by the time the next school year begins, in August.

For more information on what I’ve written so far, go to my Leanpub page, and download a free sample PDF, which includes the chapters mentioned above. I’m including the first chapter of each section in the free sample.


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