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Welcome to Day 15 of the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge!  Let’s officially say we have reached the halfway mark!  How are your students doing?  We would love to hear!


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  1. Please feel invited to comment on our daily inspiration/questions (see below). We hope this fostering 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. It’s not too late 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 in the Padlet. 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. 


For Classroom SOLSC Teachers, we offer the following question for our communal consideration.  Please feel free to share your responses below in the comments section.

How do you motivate, encourage, coach, inspire students who seem to need a lift?

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,

4 thoughts on “2018 CLASSROOM SOLSC FOR STUDENTS: DAY 15 OF 31 Leave a comment

  1. I’ve found that showing excellent student posts and the comments they received often makes students more excited to write! (By the way, thanks, Lanny, for the nice comment you left on my student’s post about his dad yesterday!) Giving students time specifically to comment on each other’s posts seems to help too.


  2. I hear you Kristi! Yesterday we tried “piku” for Pi Day and I had a few kids who usually aren’t big bloggers write fabulous piku! I encouraged them with lots of genuine enthusiasm and praise.


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