My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.



March 1, 2015

Why I Slice SOLC #1

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It's year 4 for me participating in the Slice of Life March Challenge at Two Writing Teachers.  I cannot believe I've been part of this community for so long.  Sure, it can be stressful to write and publish to a public forum, but it's reallllly worth it!

I slice because Michelle talked me into it.  She is someone you cannot say no to.  She knows what is good for you and she wants you to try.  Just try.  Then you get hooked and you tell her she was right and she just smiles.  I'm honored that I've been mentored by this smart cookie for 12 years.

I slice because writing calms me down.  I'm an anxious, disorganized, talkative, out-of-the box thinker.  When I need to work out a problem or make a decision, my mind starts to spin.  I have to talk to anyone who will listen.  The decision can be tiny (should I get these shoes?) or humongous (should I change my job?) and I feel better after talking it out with friends and family.  The Slice of Life challenge gives me a community to share my thinking as well as read what others are working through, professionally and personally.  This community promotes gratitude, compassion and empathy.  We are all here for each other even though many of us have not met in person.

Thank you to Stacey and all the hosts and slicers for all you do.  March is a time of crazy weather, testing and cabin fever.  Why not write?

9 comments:

  1. How have I not connected that you work with Michelle?????

    I love your reasons for slicing....this community is great for so many things

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  2. Yes, this daughter of mine is definitely persuasive and so aware. How she talked me into slicing, I really don't know, but it's been a good thing. I enjoy writing, sharing and commenting. Let's keep this positive flowing.

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  3. And while your first graders may not write as lengthy a post, you can confidently tell them that yes, you do write on your own just as you ask them to do. An answer like that carries a lot of weight with my high school students.

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  4. And while your first graders may not write as lengthy a post, you can confidently tell them that yes, you do write on your own just as you ask them to do. An answer like that carries a lot of weight with my high school students.

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  5. Hi Chris! So nice to hear you! I hope to,write each day...this retirement thing can take up a lot of one's time! Love to hear from you makes me feel close. Xoxo

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  6. Aw, thanks friend! Your words are too kind ... but I'm always glad to drag a buddy with me! And now we have another ... with Karen!

    Writing is good for the soul. Enjoy this outlet every day this month! It's going to be a journey!
    Michelle

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  7. I'm glad we're spinning together. Out of the box and onto the screen--gives us a place to find our thoughts and make sense out of the world around us. I look forward to reading your posts.

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  8. I, too, didn't realize you knew Michelle in real life. I can imagine she's a tough person to turn down!

    Glad you're joining us again this year, Chris!

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  9. Chris,
    Like you, I find writing calm as I olay with words and work to make sense of my thinking. I am so glad you will be joining the challenge again this year.

    Cathy

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