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Welcome to Day 9 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge! Wonderful that you are here!

Announcement:  Some slicers posted their adult Slice of Life permalinks in the comments section of the Classroom SOLSC post yesterday.  We want to remind everyone that this is not that post!  Please respond to the question below in the comments section here (if you like), but do not post your adult SOLSC permalink in the comments section of this post.  You can find that post here.


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  1. Please be sure to comment on our daily inspiration/questions. We are hoping this will foster a sense of community among the teachers who are participating! Have an idea for how to do this even better? Great! Leave your suggestion in the comments or contact us using the information below.
  2. If you haven’t already we encourage you to reach out to another teacher who is participating in the challenge and partner up. You may find it a bit easier to teach your students to comment on other students’ writing if you get familiar with one or two other classroom blogs and how they work.
  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.


Today’s Question for Classroom SOLSC Teachers:

How do you encourage students to continue writing for the Classroom SOLSC?

Please respond in the comments below, or leave a question or thought you have about the challenge so far.


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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For more than 27 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy specialist, working and living in the great state of Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops,

5 thoughts on “2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 9 OF 31 Leave a comment

  1. I find that talking in class about student writing, leaving lots of comments, and encouraging students to leave comments for each other is all it takes to keep going! Today I had students crying in class as they responded to an emotional post and that student saw their comments! Doesn’t get much better than that!


  2. Kristi, I love that idea of “noticing” along with the students. I do something similar in just suggesting things they have done all ready: How was breakfast? What did you see on the bus ride over? What did you do last night? What will you do this weekend? How is Friday different than Monday?

    There’s so many things to point out, I feel like it’s overload for the students, but some need that “guiding” in order to find that topic they feel like writing about! 🙂


  3. During the challenge, I highlight one student a day as the blogger of the day. I put a QR code to all that student’s writing on a paper with his/her name and ask the student to write what he likes to post about. I take a picture of the student holding the paper and hang it in the hallway that day. The next day, the student brings the paper home. I do this to keep the focus on us as bloggers and make the students feel special- even the ones who aren’t blogging too much still get to be blogger of the day. I love Kristi’s idea about pointing out what would make a good Slice. I also have digital badges students can earn which I hope helps them stay motivated during the challenge.


  4. I do what I do whenever we are paying attention to small moments, I help us notice them throughout our days. “Hey! That’s a great idea for a slice.” or “You could slice about that.” or “I would love to read that slice.”


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