I love a good challenge – always have. I thrive on the motivation and discipline it takes to meet a goal head-on.
The Slice of Life Challenge is just that type of goal. I’ll admit, about five days in, I said to myself,
“Ugg, I don’t have time for this.”
But we all have the same 24 hours in a day. It is how we choose to use them that matters. If it’s important, we will MAKE time.
Writing is important to me. I am a teacher who realizes that teachers are learners first. These 31 days of writing have transformed my writing. I see myself as a writer; I understand the gift of writing.
S – Step into the shoes of writers – not just “professional” writers, but as teachers, we step into the shoes of our student writers.
L – Look all around you for ideas and inspiration – cherish the small moments in life.
I – Ideas don’t come packaged in pretty boxes with perfectly tied bows. Writing is the way to ideas. Writing is thinking on paper.
C – Communities of writers make writing come alive. We know the importance of an authentic audience for our students. I have learned a great deal by reading the slices of other writers.
E – Encouraging other writers makes writing flourish. This audience is supportive, encouraging, and positive. It notices little things that we ourselves failed to notice. I will carry this over to my classroom. I don’t need to “fix” my student’s writing; I need to nurture it, encourage it, and notice what the writer did that moved me.
I look forward to Tuesday slices as an opportunity to spend a longer amount of time on each slice.
I am grateful for the community this challenge provided. I will continue to connect with familiar writers each week. A big thank you to Joanne Toft and Jess Carey for encouraging me daily. I hope next year I can pass this gift along to a new slicer. 🙂