Every year I vow to make it the year that I write a Slice of Life entry each Tuesday. Sometimes I even go so far as to write up a post, but declare it unfinished and therefore never hit Publish. (You should see the stockpile of draft posts I’ve got going on!).
Then, I vacillate between keeping a personal blog and a school blog and what should go on which one, and whether one audience should know about the other space. And well, you can see that I’m just really good at making excuses about not writing. And the crazy thing, is that I absolutely LOVE doing it! I am composing all. the. time.
So, for better or worse, I’m writing today. It’s rough, it’s raw, and yet it’s published. This year, I returned to full-time teaching after working part-time for three years to spend time with my kids. It was a year earlier than I had planned to come back, and yet things have gone fairly well. To that end, I knew that I wouldn’t have the mental or physical strength to keep Tech Tuesdays – our weekly blogging study – in my English 7 class.
That reason alone, has been one of the biggest factors in my less- frequent posting this year. Yet, March is just around the corner, and with that comes one of my craziest and yet most rewarding experiences – the Slice of Life Story Challenge. I only started participating two years ago and I jumped into the deep end by inviting my students to write along with me! Many of them did!!
As Stacey and Ruth are preparing to host not only the original challenge for writers, they’re adding a new component for teachers who would like to have students participate as well. They’ve asked for any thoughts from those who have run classroom challenges in the past, and I’m thrilled to have shared a little of what worked (and what didn’t) with some of their readers. If you feel so inclined, head on over to check out my guest post! Then, hurry back here tomorrow, where I’ll share a slice!