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Q&A About the Upcoming Classroom SOLSC

Julie Johnson invited me to Skype with third and fourth grade students at her school about the upcoming Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.  I spoke for a few minutes about how the SOLSC started and then I took questions from the students.  (They prepared fantastic questions!)  Julie recorded the conversation and graciously uploaded part of it to YouTube so it could be shared with those of you who are contemplating doing the month-long challenge with your students.  However, the video call was too long to upload to YouTube in its entirety.  Therefore, Julie uploaded it to a site called  Therefore, if you’d like to watch the video call with your students in its entirety, then click here to download it now.

A short disclaimer: I usually Skype in my office, but due to the temporary home office swap I did the video call from my husband’s office.  I didn’t realize how bright it was!  If only they made the windows of yourself a bit larger during the video calls.  (Sigh.)

It’s not too late to mobilize your students.  Get an overview of what you need to do to get the challenge up and running for your students by clicking here.

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 “Q&A About the Upcoming Classroom SOLSC Leave a comment

  1. Stacey, this was great! So very helpful to me and inspiring to get my students to write every day about their lives. Do you think second graders are capable of looking at their lives on a level that would be meaningful to the writing??


    • @Rissa: I think it depends on the level of their writing and the place for your students are with regard to motivation. Why not give it a try through shared writing? I will be posting about this later today.


      • Read your post Stacey….thank you for the guidelines. I’m off today (taking care of my daughter who had oral surgery) and thinking about all the ways I can get my kids involved! I too used Katherine Sokolowski’s poem with my class.


  2. This was so wonderful to watch, Stacey! I could just imagine what it must have been like when you were in your fourth grade classroom – you have such a lovely way of addressing the kids and their questions. A real treat!


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