Classroom SOLSC for Students: Day 8 of 31

Hello and welcome back to the Classroom Slice of Life Challenge! You made it to Day 8. You’ve officially been slicing along with your students for over a week now!

If you haven’t already, grab this nifty badge for your personal blog, to celebrate that you are writing along with your students:

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Have you been sharing your personal slices with your students? Here are a few ideas for ways to share your own writing:

  1. Use your own writing as a read-aloud and discuss the it together with students, modeling how a writer can take questions and comments about a story. If you can, display an enlarged version on a screen so that you might highlight some of the craft moves you made.
  2. If the content of your personal writing isn’t a good fit for the age you teach, try sharing some of the strategies you use for generating ideas, or strategies you use when you are stuck. You’d be surprised how powerful your teaching becomes when you can authentically say, “When I’m stuck…this is what I do…”
  3. In the cases where you’ve written stories about your classroom, invite students to help you add on to the story, revising the slice to make it into a new version, or write the “sequel” slice to the one you shared.

Whatever you decide to do, have a great time sharing your writing with students!

Daylight Savings Time Head’s Up

On Sunday, March 12, at 2:00am, the time in the United States will jump ahead one hour, meaning that there is one less hour for slicing on Sunday. As always, comments will close at midnight, EST. Remember that no matter where in the world you are slicing from, we all have the same window for blogging- it just starts and ends at different times depending on your time zone.

Reminders:

  1. If you haven’t yet read the Essential Information post, then please click here to read it now before you continue posting the link to your students’ slice of life stories. Don’t forget to keep your students’ identities anonymous for their protection.
  2. If your students are slicing from their personal blogs, then you should link their blog posts together using your classroom hub or personal blog. Then, share the permalink to the location of the “round up” of student slices. (Click here for more information on how to do this.) Individual students CANNOT link here directly. Students who are under 18 must have an adult linking for them. Any student links left without an adult link will be deleted.
  3. Only post the link to your students’ slices of life here. Do not post the link to your personal slice of life stories here.
  4. Remember that when you comment on most blogs for the first time (including Two Writing Teachers), the first comment may need to be moderated by the blog owner before it appears. You should be using the  same username/email throughout the challenge – this will help your  comments should appear instantly in the future.
  5. Any questions, please contact one of us.
    • If your last name begins with the letters A – F, please email questions to Deb, DebFrazier4 {at} gmail {dot} com
    • If your last name begins with the letters G – L, please email questions to Beth, beth [at] elizabethmoore [dot] work
    • If your last name begins with the letters M- R please email questions to Kathleen, Mrs.Sokolowski {at} gmail {dot} com
    • If your last name begins with the letters S – Z, please email questions to Lanny, Lanny.Ball {at} gmail {dot} com

Finally, we invite you to grab the Classroom SOLSC button if you haven’t already, and use it on your blog. (Spanish version coming soon!)

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