I’m sharing some updates with you from my adventures with Tara Smith and her 6th graders, as they get their slicing groove. I was back last Tuesday as Tara debriefed their first slice experience. Back in comfy-cozy area of her room we were making sense of the experience, identifying with examples, what what they noticed about the pieces they read and the writing they created. Tara is making this a very comfortable and collaborative experience for me.
Here’s my 2nd Slice: Writing for a 6th grade audience, I did take more time with this piece but it was fun to post it. But I have been reading their slices first and leaving comments. I think I wanted my voice to reflect me in its casual tone.
A Mystery Slice
So far, this slice is a mystery to me as well as anyone who’s reading right now. I just read some week #2 slices and I loved them but they didn’t spark any story ideas for me, so I’m on my own, right?
This moment is ripe for a good story: I’m on my favorite couch, sipping a perfect cup of coffee, the windows are open, the sunshine is soft, and with my TV on low, I can hear the latest news updates and still stay focused on this writing, but I still don’t have a slice idea.
I’m remembering what I used to do when I was still teaching full time and I had a free day to slow down. I loved the start of that vacation day. I began it just like I’m enjoying this morning, but as much as I wanted to spend the day free, I always came home with a bag filled with work to do- always lots of student pieces of writing to read.
As much as I promised myself that I would tackle my work first, I had to enjoy my morning rituals on the couch and then get on my sneakers and enjoy the outdoors: walking or running, something.
There was still lots of time to get to bag of work but once I was out, I just couldn’t go back home until I caught a movie, had lunch out with a friend, etc.
You guessed it, I didn’t get to that bag. Not that first vacation day, not even the second morning. But I did get the work done before I walked into my classroom on our first day back. Yes, it would have been easier to do it on that first Saturday morning, but I never could.
And here’s my new Avatar created in Bitstrips by my buddy, Andrea. The hardest thing was to find my hair. This is the closest. But I do like the energy. What do you think?