Wednesday, March 31, 2021

I Made It - SOLSC 2021


I Made It! 

Today is the last day of March; the last day of the month-long marathon for the Slice of Life Story Challenge. And, I have written a Slice of Life everyday this month. 

This is my second year participating in the challenge, and my experience both years has been ver.y much the same.

  • struggling to generate an idea some of the days - I honestly think the struggle is part of the process.
  • being excited and daunted at the same by the challenge of having to write something every day - my own Slices, as well as thoughtful comments to other Slices.
  • wanting to quit part way through, but not quitting - Must. Finish. Strong. (or at least finish)
  • arriving at THIS very point in the challenge at which I am now - 

The End.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Next Year - SOLSC 2021


Right around this time each year, I start thinking about next year. I think about practices I will keep and those I will discard - reflecting.

This year, I'm finding it hard to reflect. Instead, I find myself wondering, since I'll be joining a 2nd grade team at a new school next year.

As much as I wonder about my new teaching environment, my new teammates, and my new Scholars, I'm also hoping. 

I'm hoping instruction and learning next year will include a classroom full of Scholars and face-to-face instruction.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Today’s Highlights-SOLSC 2021

1. Morning Workout: Stronger / Better

2. 8-Hour Work Day: Teachin' Em What They Need To Know

3. Pick Up Middle Schooler: Cuz Hubby's Playing Golf

4. Be Late to Baseball Game: Cuz Is Teenager is Starving

5. Celebrate the WIN!: Dang! We lost by 1.

This is really just another tired Slice.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

No More Dirty Laundry - SOLSC 2021


I may need to start doing laundry more often. 

Based on my initial statement, you probably think this Slice is about running out of some article of clothing. Well, just keep reading.

For the last 3 years, since retiring almost 6 years ago, my husband has taken care of much of the cooking and laundry for our family of 3.

One Sunday afternoon, while husband and son were at baseball practice, I decided to do the know, to pitch in and help out.

I put the load of laundry in, added detergent, and selected the "Normal" cycle. Then, I pressed "Start".

The tub begins to turn...first, a rotation right; next, a rotation left. But, there isn't any water. Not even water-flowing sounds. Water usually flows down the inside of the washing machine door. But, it's not. Something must be wrong.

So, what would any logic person do? Exactly! I stopped the machine and called my husband. 

Our conversation went something like this.

Me: Hey, did you turn the water off to the washing machine before we went on vacation last week?

Husband: No! Why?

Me: I'm washing clothes, and the machine is turning the clothes, but not filling up with water. (flashlight in hand; trying to read and understand the on/off arrows on the water shutoff knobs)

Husband: Oh, no!! I'm on my way home.

Fortunately, he wasn't far from home. 

Making a bee-line for the laundry room with a most-concerned look on his face (surely it's broken and in need of repair-$$$$), he turns on the washing machine to restart the load. 

Then, turns toward me with a look that says, "Are you serious?!!"

This time the conversation goes like this.

Husband: "You know, the machine tosses the clothes around for about 2-3 minutes before the water starts."

Me: (Looking like a goofball) "Oh!!"

I learned two things that day. 

(1). I learned how my washing machine works.

(2). I learned to let my husband do the laundry.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Pooped Pooch - SOLSC 2021

I've  heard it said, "A Tired Dog Is A Happy Dog!"

But, I think it should be said, "A Tired Dog Makes A Happy Fur-Mom!"

Friday, March 26, 2021

...Trust You? (Boy, Am I Glad I Did!) - SOLSC 2021

Do you know who Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher are? I had heard their names, but I didn't really know who they were. Did you know they recently started recording Youtube videos dedicated to reading and writing? Me neither.

Well, all that changed when my teacher-writer friend, Leigh Anne Eck, shared a link on Facebook for Penny and Kelly's "Day 5 March 23 2021" episode on Youtube.

Leigh Anne said, and I quote, "Such a great Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher video on the writing process and how it is different for everyone. You want to watch this - trust me."

Well, I trusted Leigh Anne. 

So far, I have watched the first 4 episodes. 

Oh! My! Goodness! When I tell you these two are a wealth of knowledge regarding books to read and everything writing, I mean they are a wealth of knowledge.

On the "Day 4" episode, Penny and Kelly interviewed Tom Newkirk (didn't know who he was either). And, honestly, I still don't really; except that he edited the book they just finished writing together.

 Tom advocates for the return of fiction writing in middle school and high school, and has written about the impact fiction has on writers.

Of all the ideas shared about why fiction should be taught in middle and high school, my favorites were the ideas about teachers.

"Unless teachers have the chance to try and write fiction themselves,...they are going to have trouble teaching fiction." ~ Tom Newkirk

"Teachers of writers need to be writers." ~ Tom Newkirk

These quotes brought a huge smile to my face, immediately followed by heart palpitations. I have never actually tried writing fiction. Though, I have tried teaching it. 

Bet you can guess what I will be writing soon? 

Needless to say, I am very glad I trusted my friend. 

Thank you Leigh Anne!!!

I Made It - SOLSC 2021

  I Made It!  Today is the last day of March; the last day of the month-long marathon for the Slice of Life Story Challenge. And, I have wri...