(During March, I am blogging daily as a part of the Slice of Life Story Challenge!) Special thanks to the hosts of the Slice of Life Challenge: Stacey, Tara, Dana, Betsy, Anna and Beth. More Slice of Life posts can be found at Two Writing Teachers .
Wow! 31 consecutive days of writing is coming ot an end . . . What do I say? What am I thinking? What will I do with my free time?
My process: I set up a folder on my desk top where I saved pictures that I wanted to consider adding to blogs. I created a word document and listed “Topics that I can blog about.” I drafted some posts in Word and some directly in WordPress. I did some “flash drafting.” I watched “Be Inspired” and the Classroom SOLSC14 for writing tips/ideas. My routine included drafting my posts the evening before needed and then the morning of posting, I reviewed, revised and edited.
Some posts seemed to write themselves. Those were on topics that I had already spent some time thinking about. Newer topics meant that I nothing written ahead of time. Those posts took longer to construct unless the topic had been the focus of conversation previously. Days spent traveling meant that I planned ahead and wrote multiple posts in advance.
If you have been following this month, you may recall that I began March with a post about alphabet books and the fact that I like to collect them because they are so neat and tidy. I also like to collect or organize my work. Sometimes I organize by color, sometimes I organize by numbers, and sometimes I organize by charts. So for this finale, I have assembled a table in order to review the “current data.” (Just a little OCD!)
|Slice||Title||Content||Format (*idea from TWT)|
|1||March Challenge: Slice of Life||Alphabet as an Organizer||Narrative/ Info|
|2||ABC’s of Reading||Joys of Reading||ABC poem|
|3||Home||Defining Home||Narr. Quotes and info|
|4||“Change of Plans”||Waiting||Narr. Quote and poem|
|5||Coming Home||Celebration||Narr. Pictures/poem|
|6||Bucket List||List||*poem / Info|
|7||Exhaustion||A “To Do” list||poem|
|8||Studying Student Writing||Content – 3rd grade Ts||Narrative|
|9||#EdCampIowa and “Can Do” Prep for Writing||Talk Before Writing (Conversation Lines)||Info|
|10||Embrace Change||Quote & Dr. Seuss||Picture and words= pt.|
|11||Challenges||Typical responses to challenges||Info|
|12||Tenacity||Dad and turning point||Narrative|
|13||From Challenges to Turning Points||TCRWP and turning points||*AGC, Info|
|14||Road Trip with Dad||Moving Home from College||Narrative (cum. Poem)C &C|
|15||Two Truths and a Lie||Comparisons: Dad and Me||Reader interaction|
|16||The Truth and the Answers||Comparisons: Dad and Me||Answers / Explan.|
|17||Family||Family||Narr. Acrostic poem|
|18||Support Systems||Thanks (metaphor tree)||Info|
|19||Hunger Games||Books vs. Movies||Info w/ poll|
|20||Changing Seasons||Sports cycles||poem|
|21||6:15 on Friday||AM events||*Poem|
|22||Saturday||TCRWP and data (19)||Info|
|23||How much reading is enough?||Reflective questions||Quotes|
|24||Maximizing Instructional Time||Talk and small groups||Twitter quotes|
|25||Are you in the pool?||Writing your story||Quotes/blogs|
|26||Try it, You WILL LIKE it!||Memory (inner talk)||Narrative/inner dialogue|
|28||Revising or Editing||CCSS.Anchor.W.5||Info|
|29||:: right now ::||Status check||Narr. *Verb list/poem|
|31||Farewell Finale||Reflection on March Writing||Narr, Info|
Trying to “label posts” for the final column was difficult. Writing is not always just “one” form or format. Multiple forms can be compiled very easily in a blog post format. I had several goals with this challenge:
1. Write 31 posts Done
2. Write some stories / narratives 11 / 31
3. Write some poetry 11 / 31
4. Add pictures more frequently to my blog 11 / 31
5. Continue to grow my own knowledge in writing (tried something new * 5/31)
6. Continue to support teachers who teach reading/writing 8/3 1
Because I did not write any of my goals in a measurable, SMART format, my thoughts about whether I have “met” my goals is purely subjective. I do believe that just like a story arc, I have moved to a different point as I end March with more frequent and more proficient writing – a different place than where I began on March 1st.
Thanks again for being a part of my writing journey!
I would highly recommend that ALL “Slicers” consider having a twitter presence! One more communication tool!