Slice of Life – Day 31

This is just a thank you to the TWT blog team for hosting the March Slice Challenge. I loved it last year; I loved it this year. My boss sent me an email yesterday saying that an article for our district newsletter was due Monday. I think I would have been in such a panic if I wasn’t writing regularly. Instead of becoming stressed, I just started writing. I have this challenge and community to thank for that.

I am going to personally commit to slicing on Tuesdays and trying to write every day outside of this challenge. Yesterday I visited a writing workshop. After students were “finished” writing, they pulled out books and read. While when I started in my current position, I would have thought that wonderful – look at how much the students are reading, I now realize that “writing ” was being told, you are something to finish – to get done – to stop and switch over to reading from. I want students to keep journals and write down their every notice. Today, I could have written about at least five topics that emerged for me as a writer. I will work throughout this year to live the writer’s life and to share the importance, no the vital-ness, of writing with educators and students.

Thank you for being a sounding board for my thoughts, ideas, and writing. Thank you for being a tremendously accepting community where writing and writers thrive.

24 thoughts on “Slice of Life – Day 31

  1. I have enjoyed your slices over the past month. That is a very clever observation of the writing workshop. We have a lot of work to do going forward, but we can do it. We can spread the joy of writing!


  2. Aileen, your comment, ” I think I would have been in such a panic if I wasn’t writing regularly. ” really resonated with me. Writing tasks that seemed a bit daunting before this month don’t seem as much of a challenge. Thank you for sharing such wonderful slices with us this month! Best to you!

  3. I couldn’t agree more! I wrote a book 3 years ago, but never considered myself a writer. Writing daily for this challenge has been a game changer for me. I think so differently about writing in life and in classrooms since this challenge. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and reflections through your writing – you always push my thinking.

  4. Aileen, you are a wonderful and very capable writer! I know you have many projects in the works. I will look for your slices on Tuesdays. I am going to continue to slice, too! Your writing was so varied and always had an “honest and sincere” tone to it. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Aileen, this is exactly what I wanted to express today. It’s been an amazing experience and I look forward to hearing from you on Tuesdays.

  6. So much wisdom in this slice, Aileen. I agree completely about writing getting easier. It’s the same with everything – the more you do it, the easier it gets. Now we all have each other to nudge and encourage.

  7. I love your thinking about how students view writing vs reading. I want to revisit that. I’m sorry we haven’t been more connected this year as we were last year, but know that you are on my mind frequently. I love how you think. Hope all is well.

    1. Thanks for this! I think we are two very busy individuals, you especially with your new role! I am glad that we are still connected and know that while this might be a season of ebb, the flow will happen 🙂 Going to ILA in Boston this year??

      1. I hadn’t thought about it, but perhaps that is just what I should do. >> off to find out details.

  8. You are such a gifted writer, and you have such important things to say, Aileen. I always look forward to your slices – every March day and every Tuesday.

  9. Aileen, your posts always made me think. I enjoyed reading them because they are honest and real. I’m so glad that I got to know you in a different way from reading your writing. Thank you, also, for your responses to my posts. Keep writing!

  10. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog both last year and this year. I believe you shared more about yourself this year. I also have to say it’s a small world! I see you are the course instructor for the PSU Summer Literacy Institute. I live in York Co. and may attend part of the conference. It would be a pleasure to meet you!

    1. Oh, I hope I get to meet you! I didn’t realize you were in York county. We have to make our paths cross soon. Thanks for your responses to my writing. I have greatly appreciated them.

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