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Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day #27


I fell asleep on my couch around 9ish this evening. I was grading papers and got tired, so I turned on the TV, laid down, and well… fell fast asleep. Marc tapped me on the shoulder about an hour later and woke me up. Good thing he did since I realized that not only did I have more papers to go through, but I hadn’t put together the awards for tomorrow’s upper grade Leadership Assembly.

I knew, a couple of weeks ago, which two students would get tomorrow’s award, which recognizes students who show leadership because they learn from other people. However, I didn’t bother to put together their awards until 20 minutes ago!

I grabbed the certificates from my files, took out a black art pen, and started scrawling the inscriptions. Even though it was late (20 minutes ago it was late… not it’s late-r!), I decided to embellish their awards since that’s what I do each and every month. I dumped out a bunch of die-cuts and brads on my desk and started to sort through them to find the perfect ones. 15 minutes later I was finished. It took five minutes to clean up every single brad and die-cut that wanted to stay on the desk or leached to the floor. And now, here I am.

I totally could’ve left the awards without their embellishments, but I just didn’t WANT to.

Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.

5 thoughts on “Stacey’s Slice of Life Story: Day #27 Leave a comment

  1. Oh, I definitely get wanting to take the extra time for embellishments. I’m giving out little award certificates in class tomorrow night, and I spent much more time than I needed to spend worrying out the decorative flourishes!


  2. I absolutely love the idea of a leadership award based on how we learn from others. WOW! This is one of the best take aways this week. THANKS. This allows for the student who quietly leads as well as for the student who drips with charisma. Great post.


  3. I know that feeling. It’s a great one, to just think about how your kids will feel about that extra push. BRAVO Stacey.
    And what a great image to include with the text. I have your blog in my Google Reader.
    Adding these blogs is a great by-product to this slice challenge. Where did the Slice Challenge come from anyway? It’s wonderful.


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