Thank you to Two Writing Teachers for hosting the Slice of Life Challenge. For the month of March, writers will be posting their Slice of Life stories every day. Please visit their site to read stories and leave a comment. Also, check out the Classroom Challenge. I will be posting my students' writing there every day too.
It's the beginning of the Slice of Life Challenge 2014. As is often the case when I embark on a challenge such as this, I am filled with hope, excitement, and anticipation. I was wide awake at 5:30 this cold Saturday morning with topics running through my mind. I tried to quiet them as I snuggled deeper under the covers, hoping for a few more hours of sleep. My mind had a different agenda. Slice of Life was beckoning me.
And so it was with my students yesterday afternoon.
Earlier in the afternoon, they posted their first slices on their individual blogs so they could learn how to link up to our classroom blog. (They will be doing a combination of writing in their journals and blogging). The room buzzed as the kids wrote. They peeked over at each other's stories, sharing giggles and whispers. They helped out when their friends were having difficulty linking up. Our community of writers, which is already strong, became even closer. We have a mission ahead of us...write every day for 31 days straight. They left school yesterday with their Slice of Life journals in their hands. When I told them that they were ahead of the game and they didn't need to write on Saturday, they groaned in unison, "Can we still write if we want to?" My heart was smiling. My heart smiled even bigger when I received a few emails from parents telling me that the whole family was joining in. Joy!
All in all, 5 classes from our school, along with the principal, will be joining the Slice of Life Challenge.
On this early morning, as we brace ourselves for another winter storm, my mind is bubbling with possibilities for this month...topics are tumbling over themselves...
- Our Poetry Box launch
- Waking up this morning to a science project on the coffee table (There is a dead crawfish floating in formaldehyde waiting to be dissected.)
- Hearing my son end his voice mail with, "Love you"
- Snow days in March (Ughhh)
- New directions in my life
- Playing Bay City Rollers for my fourth graders
- Sharing the struggle of finding something to write about with my class (because I know it's going to happen)
Writing every day, connecting with other writers, meeting new people, and discovering more about myself all make this challenge so worthwhile to me. I'm looking forward to what the month of March brings...the joys and struggles and surprises that await my young writers and me. For that's what this is all about. We write, we share, we connect, we grow.
Thanks to Ruth Ayres for providing the space to share our celebrations.
I'd love to hear about your hopes for the Slice of Life Challenge. Please leave your blog URL in your comment so that I can easily find you and comment on your post.