Tag Archives: March Challenge

#SOL18: March 2


 

Screenshot 2018-02-28 at 2.04.40 PM

The waning days of February brought back thinking about how March would begin . . .

and how it would end . . .

The lion . . .

or the lamb?

Or in “Slicer Circles”, the “calm before the storm”.  And my curious nature took over, I just had to explore. Besides, the kids asked,

“What does that mean?  Does it really get quiet before it storms? Or did you just make that up?”

And I gulp.  I know there are days where I am filled with useless, irrelevant information that was stored away during the decades where memorization of trivia was the goal. So now, I’m stuck.

 “Do I know? Do I just think I know?”

I have no problem consulting google for an answer.  In fact we look at the screen together.

Screenshot 2018-02-25 at 9.19.44 PM

For Farlex Dictionary of Idioms:
the calm before the storm. (n.d.) Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. (2015). Retrieved February 25 2018 from https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/the+calm+before+the+storm

And then we were off to explore idioms.

“Are all idioms figurative language?  Or just the ones that have no literal meaning?”

One example that I use is “play it by ear”.  It is an idiom.  It’s also figurative language.  We talk about what it means.  And then the ultimate question:

Are there other ones?

We settle on a video with song excerpts.

Screenshot 2018-02-28 at 2.32.10 PM.png    Play

We talk about the songs, the figurative language, and what it all means.

A car pulls up, the horn honks and the kids gather up their books, backpacks, and coats.

“See you!”

And the library returns to quiet.

I’m still waiting.  Last pdf to download. Now it’s almost too quiet!

Who knew?  My “slice” was found at the public library!




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                                                                     slice of life 2016

#SOL17: Inspiration


The #SOLSC will soon be here. One of the most amazing sources of inspiration is Sally Donnelly’s padlet here.  It’s a treasure trove of writing ideas!

inspiration

What will I write about every day in March?

Narratives continue to be my personal struggle.

Poetry is always a “fall back”option.

Checking the “Call for Slices” for quotes/inspiration is another option.

Personally, where will my inspiration come from?  I’m beginning with rereading the posts in the chart from another slicing year..  Do I want to reconsider the formats?  What about the topics?  What if I rewrote from another angle?  All of these ideas are circulating in my brain. In the spirit of being “BRAVE” (my #OLW17), I plan to have fewer pre-planned posts and truly practice more extemporaneous daily writing.

What is your plan for Volume and Stamina for the #SOL17SC?  

How are you preparing?  

What will be your measure of success?
slice of life

Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Lanny, Lisa, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here. 

#SOL16: March Challenge Day 18 – Part 2


note four talk bubble

Seriously, did you read that whiney drivel from yesterday? ( Here ) Some folks really just should keep their mouths closed and their fingers off the keyboard because all they do is show, literally, how lacking in brains and imagination they are.  It was so mortifying to be a part of that conversation and I was just the tool!

So to recap quickly, I have a new owner.  I was quite happy tucked away, twice removed from the world inside my tightly packed box with the banded wrapper around it.  I was NOT going anywhere.  And then this unbelievably OLD lady came into the store “because her phone didn’t work”.  (Don’t be offended that I called her old – it’s all relative; but do remember that I have only been on the shelf here for one short week. One. Week.   I am the new kid on the block – one of them anyway!)

Over the last two days, I have been dropped, poked, prodded, and plugged into electrical outlets and some gismo in the car. And I have no idea of the number of miles I have traveled and the places I have seen.

But I digress . . . back to the beginning.

I was on the shelf at the Verizon store minding my own business when the clerk came back muttering . . . “she really isn’t going to like white.”

I was relieved.  Safe!  Or at least for the moment.  My happiness lasted for less than a minute because she was back, grabbing me as she put Louise back in her place on the shelf.  Drat . . .white is not the “in” color!

So then I was prodded wide awake – no more yawning, plugged in to charge up, coded so I could be connected to the World Wide Web (www – in case you had forgotten) and, in general, treated so informally that I wanted to ask, “What am I, chopped liver?” but I didn’t want to take any words from anyone else’s mouth!

Chatter, chatter, chatter but what I really heard was blah, blah, blah!

Maybe I was headed for an adventure. To ride in a Mercedes Benz or a convertible. Or to a new home by the lake. No sticky fingers from kids PLEASE.  I do have my dignity to hold on to! (But have you seen this old lady?  I don’t know, but she sounds kinda bossy like she is used to telling others what to do all day!)

So, this app transferred a bunch of apps and pictures so I’m now quite a cluttery mess and then she (my new owner) said, “I don’t think I have all my pictures.  And what about Twitter?  And where is my Voxer icon?  She’s got it rough. Pictures? Twitter? Voxer?   She thinks she has worries! 

Right before we went out the door, I heard her say that she would bring all her questions back when the new screen protector came in.  PUL-E-E-A-A-S-S-E-E!  Maybe I could convince her that I was just TOO much phone for her!  AHA!  What fun for me!

So I spent the last two days as a trickster.  Sometimes I worked on command.  And sometimes I didn’t work on command.  I quickly learned how to avoid being yelled at.  There were a couple of choice words that I really did NOT like to hear.  So today we’re back  in the store.

Listen in on this conversation:

Owner – “I’m just not quite sure that this is the phone for me.”

Me – YAY!

Clerk – “It’s just an upgrade of your old phone.  In another week, you will be such an expert that you won’t even remember this conversation.”

Me – No, she’ll forget because she’s old and forgetful.  She only has one or two passwords memorized.

Owner – “It doesn’t seem to work all the time . . .”

 Clerk – “Let me double check the settings.  Re-opening apps and checking to make sure they work is a bit tedious.”

Me – Tedious?  BORING!  Case closed – whiney drivel!

Which version was more realistic?

Which version was more fun?

Is it possible that there is a third or even a fourth version?

 

PS.  Check out how handsome I am!  I could have been one of these old dinosaurs!

Which ones have you used?

history of phones


 

Process:  As I finished writing yesterday’s post,  this author began to wonder if the story could be told from another point of view.  She had revisited the two versions of the deer story that was quite popular last March here and here and wondered what could lend itself to that same CCR. A. R. 6 Point of View standard.  What do you think?  The post was drafted in 15 minutes.  The picture from yesterday was recycled with another quick search for a talk bubble.  Preview, categories, tagged, and ready to publish but oh, wait, a quick check for pictures of old, old, old phones!


slice of life 2016

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!

 

 

 

 

#SOL16: March Challenge Day 5 – ah, today


This post idea came from Stacey’s “Be Inspired” section of today’s call for slices.  It’s Michelle’s “ah, today” found here where Michelle Nero from Literacy Learning Zone actually gives credit to

{This go-to easy-format quick-thinking in-the-moment writing idea is compliments to:}                             Rachel Martin at finding joy

March 5

ah, today

today:  i breathe and find joy in this life of mine

today:  is yet another joyful unscheduled Saturday that I am thankful for

want to be:  caught up in work – work work and work at home

blessings:  my grandson, my daughter-in-law, and son

thinking:  planning and plotting how to get dual duty out of this post!

planning:  for a weekend with many tasks marked off the “to do” list!

writing:  daily, taking risks with new formats and loving this habit!

Loving:   more framed pictures on the walls of my grandson

grateful:  for my family, friends and the freedoms we have in our great country!

 

and today {again}: i breathe and find joy in this life of mine!

 

Quick Peak into Process:  My goal today was to write from Stacey’s writing tip and start to finish would be thirty minutes or less.  I read Stacey’s “Be Inspired”, hit the link, and knew that I had a winner. (And it fit in with my risk-taking goal for #SOL16 as well as my week of “pattern writing” to begin the March Challenge.)  I copied the original post and began substituting my own ideas (in a Word document)!  Also thanks to Sally Donnelly for the idea of modeling process!  Add categories, tags, and check preview. Insert calendar photo for today’s date.  My Goals:  Credit to all who inspired the post and to emphasize both product and process (22 minutes from start to now pushing the “publish” button)

Which is your focus?  Product / Process / or both?

When does the priority of your focus shift?  Or does it?

slice

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!

 

 

March Challenge: #SOL15 Day One


It’s March 1st and that means it’s the first day of 31 days of writing and posting blogs here.  This will be my second year of participating in the March Challenge and I am looking forward to growing even more as a writer and a teacher of writers! 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.

March

How will you begin? What will you write?

Respond to a quote . . .?

Which of these two quotes will help you  plan for the remainder of your school year?

“Education  is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates

“Study the past if you would define the future.” – Confucius

I love the “positiveness” of both of these as I think about my role as a literacy coach.  I often have to do both as we look to see where to ignite the passion for continuous learning as we review the data of the past.  What can we do differently?  What must we do differently?  What is our end goal?

Write a poem . . . ?

Are-you-a-poet

March

stories

poems

posts about family

friends

life

Will you be writing?

Daily?

Why not?

Take the plunge . . . .

Invest in yourself

Invest in your own writing!

Curriculum Coffee

A Written Shot of Espresso

Mrs. Palmer Ponders

Noticing and celebrating life's moments of any size.

doctorsam7

Seeking Ways to Grow Proficient, Motivated, Lifelong Readers & Writers

Doing The Work That Matters

a journey of growing readers & writers

Present Perfect

adventures in multiple tenses

Leadership Connection

from Great Prairie AEA

The Blue Heron (Then Sings My Soul)

The oft bemused (or quite simply amused) musings of Krista Marx -- a self-professed HOPE pursuing Pollyanna

Middle English

Life as an English teacher leader

steps in the literacy journey

Walking the Path to Literacy Together

arjeha

Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever

Resource - Full

Sharing Ideas, Strategies and Tools

Joel Pedersen

be that #oneperson

adventuresinstaffdevelopment

All Things Literacy! Brianna Parlitsis

TWO WRITING TEACHERS

A meeting place for a world of reflective writers.

elsie tries writing

"The problem with people is they forget that that most of the time it's the small things that count." (Said by Finch in All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. These are my small things that count.

I Haven't Learned That Yet

This blog serves to document my path of learning and teaching.

Simply Inspired Teaching

A blog by Kari Yates

Reflections on Leadership and Learning

Sharing my learning experiences

AnnaGCockerille Literacy

The Generative Power of Language: Building Literacy Skills One Word at a Time