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Welcome to the sixth annual Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! Hooray! We’re so glad you’re here!

We are trying a few new things this year to make the Classroom SOLSC as successful as possible.

  1. We’ve created a brand new 2018 Classroom SOLSC Padlet where we would like you to leave the permalink to your students’ slices. You may leave multiple links to multiple groups or classes,  or one permalink to a landing page–your choice. Please read below for details on this.
  2. Each day, we’ll pose a question or something inspirational that we’d like you to respond to in the comments below. Please return to the Two Writing Teachers blog each day to leave a response on the daily call for slices. Our goal is to foster a sense of community among teachers who are participating in the challenge.


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  1. If you haven’t read the Essential Information post, then please click here to read it now before you post the link to your students’ slice of life stories to the padlet. 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. Go to the daily call for individual slice of life stories to post your personal slice. This is the link to Day 1 only. This link will change each day. You should visit the Two Writing Teachers blog daily for the newest link.
  4. If this is the first comment you’ve left on Two Writing Teachers, then we will have to moderate your comment. We will be checking throughout the day in order to get your links up for the community as soon as possible. As long as you use the same username/email to log in going forward, your comments should appear instantly in the future,
  5. We invite you to copy the Classroom SOLSC badge and use it on your blog(s).


Today’s Question for Classroom SOLSC Participants: How did you introduce the SOLSC Challenge to your class? Please respond in the comments below!

For returning participants: Note the change to this year’s challenge. Instead of leaving the permalink in the comments, please leave your permalink in the padlet and respond to the daily question/inspiration instead! 


After reading the information in the links above, if you still have questions about the Classroom SOLSC contact one of us. (Please don’t use Twitter or Facebook to contact us with SOLSC questions).

  • If your last name begins with the letters A – G, please email questions to DebFrazier4{at}
  • If your last name begins with the letters H – M, please email questions to beth{at}
  • If your last name begins with the letters N- S, please email questions to Lanny Ball lanny.ball[{at}
  • If your last name begins with the letters T – Z, please email questions to Kathleen Sokolowski mrs.sokolowski{at}


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23 thoughts on “WELCOME TO THE 2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 1 OF 31 Leave a comment

  1. We have been blogging all year so I knew kids would be ready in that aspect.

    I am also super lucky on my campus to have a librarian who has been Slicing for 6 years now. Yesterday during our library lesson she showed the students some of her old slices and talked to them about the challenges and lessons she learned from the blog. Then as a class, we did a mini-lesson on Slice vs Not a Slice. The kids are so pumped for this awesome challenge!


  2. To get comments on a blog, one must allow comments on a blog. Apparently I did not do this with my student blogs, so your students might blog tomorrow about the doofus from Iowa who can’t figure out Kidblog! I swear, some days, it’s amazing I stand upright!

    Anyway, the comments can be left on the student blogs now!


  3. We begin blogging in September to give us time to get used to our blog. In Feb, we write every day in a journal to get us used to coming up with ideas and to build our stamina.

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  4. My fifth graders are really excited about the SOL Challenge. I showed them the video “Girl’s first ski jump” (thanks to the person who posted that this morning!) and we talked about how that experience is like writing. After that, I showed the home page of another Slicing class (the Padlet is a great way to organize links). Then, we got started on our posts. 🙂


  5. I always start by showing signs that my past students have made with the number of posts they completed in March, decorated with little notes about why they liked the challenge. This sparks excitement and helps them believe they really can do it and it will benefit them! This year, I then showed them some quotes about why stories matter & the importance of finding your voice as a writer and we started to brainstorm some big topics that matter to them. (We will do heart maps soon but we were just finishing another huge project for a school event yesterday!) I also have them fill out a goal-setting sheet where they choose how many slices they want to shoot for, what writing strategies they hope to focus on, and make a plan for when they will write, how they will get ideas, and their possible obstacles with a plan for overcoming each obstacle. We also read some former student slices.


  6. We have three teacher Slicers in our school. We pitched the idea to all of our fifth grade classes as a team, highlighting our own experience. We then invited anyone interested to join us to get started. We had 15 kids start a blog. Now we are just waiting to see what happens next!


  7. I work with all our 8th graders, so rather than the “hey, would you please sign up for this” and the push-back that would happen, I get sneaky. 😀

    Monday, we were in our routine and I had them pull up their Kidblog account, and said, “I need you to add this class,” not telling them what it was. On our Slice site, I have a welcome email which they started to read. “Wait, you want us to blog for the WHOLE MONTH?” “What, I can’t do that?” “When can I blog on the weekends, I’m so busy??” And on and on and on! 🙂

    We first talk about growth mindset, don’t tell me what you can’t do, tell me what you are willing to try. Don’t tell me about all the things that can stop you, tell me what you can do to get around them.

    Most are excited to see if they can get 31 days in (I dangle the carrot of pizza for those who can get all days in), but many are excited just to have that consistent chance to write. 🙂


  8. My teaching partner and I send home a letter explaining the Slice of Life Challenge because we create a writing club in the morning from 8-8:30 for kids to participate (it is optional). We also looped with our students so they shared what happened last year. We are excited to use Padlet this year!


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  9. I always wish we could participate, but we have the last two weeks of March off for Spring Break. I couldn’t count on students to write. No homework. I usually do SOL another month.


    • Hello! Please be sure to leave the links for the adult challenge on the daily call for slices for the individual (adult) Slice of Life Story Challenge. The links on here should be for the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge only.


  10. Erika, I would love to see your video! Kristin, that is a great idea to have Slice ideas ready to go! In the past, I had former students come talk with my class about the challenge. This has been a crazy year and that didn’t happen, but I told students about the challenge, showed them the Padlet so they could see other kids all over the world are participating, and I showed them the digital badges they can earn for writing different blog posts and commenting. I’m excited to start!


    • I agree! I also planned to have a variety of ideas ready to go. Sometimes ideas are flowing, other times it´s hard to come up with one. Having a list of ideas will be very helpful


  11. I showed some past slices by former third graders and a short video that three students made. Day 1 we start our slice in class- after that they are on their own- here’s hoping many stick with it!


  12. As students realize that they may be excited right now, but knowing that excitement will wane, having a list of possible slices in place can be the key to success. We start with our list from our first narrative unit of the year and read examples of what other kids have written to start generating our lists.


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