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#SOLSC20: Day 31

The last day of March heralds the last day of required consecutive blogging. for my seventh year of slicing.  Blogging is a comfortable habit. Most days my blog posts are efficiently and effectively drafted, revised and posted. Most. days.  But then there are those days when technology reminds me who is really in charge.

So for the last day, an old but comfortable format.

Link 1 from 2017

Link 2 from 2016

Link 3 from 2015

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Waiting impatiently for my coffee to brew.

Rejoicing in the silence.

Peering into the zero dark thirty for an indication of the weather today.

Checking my links for today’s Zoom meetings.

Wondering how I lost the link to yesterday’s 5 pm Zoom session.

Mentally checking to see if my google doc is set up for my notes.

Counting off the number of Zoom sessions for today as well as my list to see if I REALLY have all my links.

Reviewing the  pages of photo album “scrap booked” for the great niece graduate.

Reading the next stack of “sorted” pictures to see if they are all alike.

Wishing I had the Trail Guide printed out so I didn’t have to jump from tab to tab (says the Queen of 101+ open tabs)!

Absorbing the heat from my coffee cup with both hands.

Checking my Flair pens to see what other colors work well on my blue paper.

Sifting mentally through ideas for today’s slice.

Bouncing from task to task to task.

Previewing my 801st blog post.

Rereading to see if the post makes sense!

Pushing the publish button for today.

What are you doing, currently? 

Thank you, Two Writing Teachers, for this daily forum in March. Check out the writers and readers here.

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#SOLSC17: Currently

(This format has been one of my favorites each year of the March Slice of Life Story Challenge.)


Waiting impatiently for my coffee to brew.

Rejoicing in the silence.

Peering out the window for an indicator of today’s weather.

Chatting with Mya as she rubs her nose against my leg.

Mentally checking my list to see if I REALLY have everything planned for today’s PD.

Remembering that printing is required for my PD on the next two days.

Absorbing the heat from my coffee cup with both hands.

Checking my work bag to see if my handouts are there.

Studying my “Words with Friends” boards for possible “next steps”.

Sifting mentally through ideas for today’s slice.

Rejecting complicated topics.

Searching through previous slices.

Recording ideas as fast as I can type.

Previewing my post.

Rereading to see if the post makes sense!

Pushing the publish button for today!

What are you doing, currently?

Bonus for the Reader:

Previous “Currently” posts can be found here, here, and in the classroom here.

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Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum and the #SOLSC that runs from March 1 to the 31st. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 


#SOL16: March Challenge Day 3 – Currently

Finding new formats (yesterday’s “Since Last March” with a thank you to Erin Baker) brings me to today’s revival of “Currently”.  You can see last year’s post during the March Slicer Challenger of “Currently” here.



Perusing early morning slices with an eye to delaying the drafted post.

Responding to late night “slicers” who posted long after I closed out my computer.

Searching TweetDeck for “last minute inspiration”.

Listening to Voxer in order to glean updates from “the cousins”.

Checking in on my graduate students on Moodle to see if any questions are posted.

Jotting plans for that next big trip.

Reflecting on my #OLW (One Little Word) Joy – How will it be a part of my day?

Plotting that description of expenses for #tcrwp and #ncte15 and unpaid time at #ila15.

Reading just one more chapter.

Sending JUST one more email response before I forget.

Considering my list of “to dos” for the day.

Anticipating the learning online today with peers from across the state.

Sipping just one more cup of coffee.

Playing “yo-yo” with Mya who wants out, then in, and then back out AGAIN.

Pushing the button on my post that says “Publish”!

What are you doing, currently?


Thank you, Anna, Betsy, Beth, Dana, Deb, Kathleen, Stacey, and Tara. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.  It’s the March Slice of Life Challenge so be ready to read DAILY posts!

#SOL15: March Challenge 15 and the “Currently” Reprise

The power of working with students comes from working with students who take an idea and run with it . . . make it their own or even morph it into something of their own.  Imagine my surprise when this “Currently” text was emailed to me yesterday with this brief explanation:

*Joe asked if he could use the “Currently” format you shared to write about a specific historical figure.  Here’s what he wrote. (*name changed)


Applying for a patent for one of many new creations

Communicating with others through the use of devices that are new to man

Thinking about mass production

Creating the first industrial research lab

Generating power for home, businesses, and communities

Founding companies (14 total) including General Electric

Who am I?

Have you read some of the currently posts?  Have you tried it yourself?

Did this student have a purpose for writing?

Amazing . . .

I am celebrating the six statements that were written soley by the student in a TRANSFER of learning to a new situation.  Did the student even HAVE to write about an historical person?  NO!  This student was still talking and writing about the “Currently” activity from two days ago!

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And have you guessed who the inventor was?  Did you learn a few things during the reading?

Yes, if you guessed Thomas Edison!

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Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana and Betsy at “Two Writing Teachers” for creating a place for us to share our work.  So grateful for this entire community of writers who also read, write and support each other!

#SOL15: March Challenge 12 – “Currently” in the Classroom

The Beginning

Day 10 (or Tuesday’s) post was “Currently” based on Beverley Baird’s post here from Stacey’s call for slices. That conversation continued from my readers and these two pieces stuck with me.

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The Plan

So I headed off to a 5th grade classroom to borrow some students because I was thinking of the “strong verbs” and “present tense” for a writing mini-lesson.

I began with a copy of my version of “Currently” as I read it and then just highlighted the first word of every line.  Students then worked on their own thinking / interpretation of those first words to answer “What is the pattern? What drives each line?  Why do you think it was written this way?”

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Students then tested their thinking / hypothesis against a part of Bev’s “Currently” to see if it was true in a second situation.

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So then based on a model, a bit of inductive work by the students, a second check against a model, here’s what the students were asked to do.

“Your task:   Write your own version of “Currently”

Write 10 statements

Begin each statement with a verb

Read it to a partner

Revise with option to change one verb to a really “strong verb”

Gallery walk to view “Currently” from everyone

Collect 16 verbs from your peers (no more than 2 from any one person – be selective)

Remember that you will always have your 10!”

The Results

Here were a few words that I collected from the gallery walk.

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All students completed “Currently” writing

Many students want to consider “revising their own ‘Currently’” (How often do multiple students ask for time to revise?)

All students have a list of 16 verbs they chose – to pull out and use in other work

(No student copied all my verbs – original ones were used on every page)

Have you used “Currently” with students?

What’s your plan?  

What words are you expecting?

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