I’ve written this twice, first a pretty pessimistic piece, and we’ll try the positive side and see which one goes up.
It’s hard to describe this year’s slicing. On one hand, my scheduling of posts was horrible. I missed my first post right off the bat, then didn’t post on our band/choir trip, and didn’t blog another day as well. I watched as friends walked out of their classrooms to protest their treatment and lack of pay. I watched friends struggle with family problems, student problems, and school problems.
On the other hand, many of my slices would have been multiple posts, many struck nerves, both good and bad with readers, and many required stretching of my own thinking.
I know people at school roll their eyes with I email them with Slice information and I know kids roll their eyes when I trot this out to them. However, it’s comments like this, from a student in their last blog of the challenge:
I think it is nice to look at the things around that are happening to us.
There’s a number of students who’ve written tonight about their enjoyment of this activity, how they weren’t sure of writing for 30 days in a row, but as they got into it, that there was a joy in letting their voice out to the world. This I know first hand, how good it feels to let the words flow, whether about the day or about a problem or about a joy.
It takes courage to write. It takes courage to let others read your writing. And it takes courage to come back and do it all over again. I’m hopeful those students who did complete the challenge have found the courage to go forward with their own voice, to continue to share, and to feel that freedom.
It was a hard month of Slicing, but thanks to you 16 readers and the students out their who’ve participated in the Challenge and who’ve grown because of (and in spite of) this Challenge, thank you. You are the ones who inspire me to keep writing, to keep sharing, and to keep myself tuned into what matters.
March 31, 2018 at 9:48 pm
It’s great that you are able to reflect on this challenge and that you stuck with it all the way to the end. Congratulations on completing the challenge.
March 31, 2018 at 9:52 pm
This was not an easy year of writing for sure. I felt a bit disappointed for missing the ones that I missed, but if my students found it rewarding, that was good enough for me! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
March 31, 2018 at 9:53 pm
Keep on keeping on, as they say! I find your writing to be thought-provoking, sincere, and real.
March 31, 2018 at 10:02 pm
Well thank you! This made me smile in the midst of my melancholy. I did enjoy this Challenge, for all the “challenges” involved! 🙂
March 31, 2018 at 10:13 pm
It might not have been an easy year, but you did post a lot. Give yourself a break. I enjoy coming here and reading your blog because it usually gives me something to think about. Thanks for that.
April 1, 2018 at 8:09 pm
Thanks, Deb! That does mean a lot coming from you! 🙂
April 1, 2018 at 2:28 am
If you posted more during the month than you usually do, I call that a win. I’m glad your students got something out of the challenge. I offered it as extra credit last semester and only one student completed the entire thing, but the students did say they’ve found blogging beneficial overall. Even if they don’t stick with it, I figure they at least know about it now.
April 1, 2018 at 8:11 pm
I do like you thinking on this one, and yes, I do (for the most part) see it as a win, not only for my writing, but for the fact students found it challenging and enjoyable as well! 🙂
April 1, 2018 at 5:40 am
Perhaps the lesson you taught this year was perseverance, keeping onward when perfect isn’t possible. Keep writing and speaking truth. It resonates.
April 1, 2018 at 8:02 am
Readingteachsu’s line, “perseverance, keeping onward when perfect isn’t possible” is worthy of being on a poster or bulletin board…as is your line, “let the words flow, whether about the day or about a problem or about a joy.” Love them both. Look forward to reading more on Tuesdays… 🙂
April 1, 2018 at 8:38 am
April 1, 2018 at 8:15 pm
And I will be there, always the curmudgeon! 🙂
April 1, 2018 at 8:14 pm
I appreciate this comment for the fact that yes, we don’t always get what we want, but “keeping onward when perfect isn’t possible” is exactly my line of thinking. I may use this as our quote of the day on Wednesday! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by. Your truth resonates with me! 🙂