Overview of the 12th Annual March Slice of Life Story Challenge

The Slice of Life Story Challenge began on Two Writing Teachers in March 2008. This March, we’ll host the 12th Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge. Ever since the challenge began, the mission has remained the same: to support teachers who want to write daily. Teachers who write regularly can better support the students they teach in writing workshops daily.

In the weeks to come, the co-author team will provide you with information about prizes and the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC). For now, here’s some basic information to get you energized for our March writing challenge.

NEW AND RETURNING SLICERS

There will be prizes!

Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the month-long challenge. You will be eligible for a prize if:

  • You must fill out the SOLSC Participant Data Form, which will go live on Friday, February 15th.
  • You must submit a link to your “slice” just ONCE daily throughout the month of March. (Multiple submissions are not permitted).
  • At the end of the challenge, you must sign the Slice of Life Story Challenge Pledge, which will be posted to this blog on April 1st. (You will “sign” the pledge by filling out a Google form, that will certify that you wrote and linked daily, and commented on at least three other Slicer’s posts daily.
  • Bottom Line: We use the honor system.

Usernames

Please use the same username/email information for all of your March comments. Tips:

  • Having a WordPress username makes it easier and faster to post your comments when you visit Two Writing Teachers.
  • You don’t have to have a WordPress blog to sign-up for a WordPress username.
  • Using a consistent username minimizes the chances of your comment/link to slice going to our spam folder.

Comment Guidelines

We reserve the right to delete comments that fall into the following categories:

  • Self Promotion: Please don’t use your comment or link to your blog for self-promotion. The links in the comment section fo our Slice of Life Story Challenge are meant to lead our readers to stories from people’s lives–not just what was on your blog that day.
  • Linking and Running: Please do not just drop off the link to your Slice without commenting on at least three other Slice of Life stories. Comments are the foundation of this community. If you choose to link early in the morning, please return later to leave at least three comments.
  • Spam: It’s not just big advertisers who spam. Spam can include: Copying and pasting a comment from one post to another, or leaving a message such as, “Nice post. Visit my blog at….” These are forms of spam.

Adults Only in the Individual Challenge

The individual challenge is for educators at any stage of their career. We realize some participants may have a child and/or a student who you’d like to invite to participate in the SOLSC alongside you. If this is the case, we invite your children or individual students to participate in the Classroom Slice of Life Story Challenge.

  • Individuals under the age of 18 who aren’t a part of a classroom community must have and adult sponsor to participate. As the adult sponsor, you must be the person who leaves the link to your child’s/student’s post on their behalf.
  • More detail on this policy will be included in the Classroom Challenge Overview Post. You may also contact the hosts of the Classroom Challenge, Deb Frazier and Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski, directly.

Questions?

Please direct your question to the appropriate coauthor, based on your last name:

        • If your last name begins with the letters A – E, please email questions to Lanny Ball at lanny.ball[at]gmail.com.  
        • If your last name begins with the letters F-I, please email questions to Kelsey Corter at kelseymcorter[at]gmail.com.
        • If your last name begins with the letters J-M, please email questions to Betsy Hubbard at betsymhubbard[at]gmail.com.
        • If your last name begins with the letters N – Q, please email questions to Melanie Meehan at meehanmelanie[at]gmail.com.
        • If your last name begins with the letters R – U, please email questions to Beth Moore, beth[at]elizabethmoore.work.
        • If your last name begins with the letters V – Z, please email questions to Stacey, stacey[at]staceyshubitz.com.
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