I'm working ahead this evening. Last week I realized that I'd taken a big bite of this Slice of Life challenge by committing to students in all of my classes. I didn't think anything of it at first. I love writing and I especially love writing with my students.
Of course I would want to slice the month away with kids, my kids, in my classes. Of course I want to connect my students with others around the country (Jennifer's students in Ohio or Mrs. Terhuene's students) or the globe (we've loved reading posts from Ms. Kim's class at an Intermediate School in Singapore).
In order to participate, I knew I'd have to get a few of my own slices written ahead of time. I only 4 socked away, but I need 11. I'll explain why in another post. I also need to get my round up slices put together for students. Those are easier to write than my own pieces, so I played on the computer today and knocked out a dozen or so. Here's a screen shot of the first ten lined up scheduled to publish each morning this week.
From the comments noted for days one and two (70 and 41 respectively), I know my students are still struggling to meet the challenge. I have close to 140 students (a couple moved and withdrew recently, so my count is not exact). Half or so posted on day one and less than a third today. It could be access. It could be the weekend interrupting the momentum of the kick off. It could be that students forgot to add their links to the round up. It could be the great weather or a birthday party. We'll sort it out on Monday and see what's what.
I know students are going to come into the room a buzz with comments. They've been busy on the Ning all day. When they left Friday we didn't have any guest comments yet. They've gotten some since and they are sure to question me about who? How did they know? Why did he comment on mine? When will they comment back? I can hear the questions already and the excitement that will carry us through the week.
In the meantime, I'm having fun creating quotes to use each day to lead and inspire my student writers. I posted them here. Ten down, twenty-one more to go!
Happy Sunday, all!