Sunday, March 6, 2011

It's that time of year again- Slice of Life Challenge 2011

Two Writing Teachers host us again!
Over the last few years, during March I've worked in a month of daily writing through the Slice of Life Challenge hosted by Two Writing Teachers. I'm tardy. But, I can't pass up the chance to think and write about those small things, to choose those just right words, or share the events as they come. Truth is having a collection of stories at the end of the month feels good.

The volume of stories and comments by fellow slicers; at once encouraging, nurturing, smart, and enjoyable is an important product of this special writing workshop. Being part of that feels pretty good, too.

As I posted the icon to the right here, I thought how one of my goals three years ago during the Challenge was to get closer to what my third grade students must go through when they are writing in class everyday. When I wrote daily, I reflected daily on my writing process. The more I wrote, the more I realized how many decisions I was making along the way. It was hard. I developed empathy in a whole new way for my student writers. I immediately changed how I conferred with my students. I'm wondering what changes in my teaching I'll be thinking about this month.

If you write or get to teach writing, I encourage you to join the Slice of Life Challenge! Click on this to learn how to get started.


teacherdance said...

I've often thought what we ask students is more complex than we realize, so it is so good to do some of what they do, to have the experience ourselves. I've had parents do some writing themselves so they will understand too how hard their children are working. Nice to connect!

Bonnie K said...

Welcome back Charlene, nice to see you writing and thinking for another month of March.

Anonymous said...

Glad you are getting to slice some. I find this challenge refreshing. Thanks for your comment on my blog. :)MaryHelen

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