Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 6 of 31
Welcome to Day 6 Classroom Slicers!
In his memoir, the writer Haruki Murakami claims, “Most of what I know about writing fiction I learned by running every day.”
Writing is certainly a test of endurance and will, just like running. Getting better at it requires frequent practice. But getting better at it also requires acceptance, understanding, and patience. As I runner, there are days when I just don’t have the energy to get out there. I know when to push myself and when to give myself the day off. If I skip a day, I know I can get right back on track the next day. If I berate myself for skipping the day, I am much more likely to want to give up my running practice altogether.
In the month of March, we challenge our students to write every single day. This is no small feat. Some might not be at a place in their writing lives where this is a reasonable challenge. Of course, the SOLSC isn’t about struggle or pushing kids to do things they are not ready to do. Instead, it is about celebrating those who extend themselves just beyond what they were doing before, who use the challenge as a chance to grow just a bit more as writers.
The levels of Katherine’s system:
Level One – the “Slicers”These kiddos are slicing every school day – either at school or at home for their ten minutes of writing.Level Two – Piece of CakeThese kids are completing level one and slicing each school day, but also committing to slice over our spring break. The reward for going above and beyond during a time you might be lounging at the beach? A piece of cake upon your return. JLevel Three – Super SlicersBehold, the holy grail of our challenge. These kids are joining me in slicing all thirty-one days in March – school days, weekends, spring break. The reward for this is top secret.