Saturday, March 31, 2018

Slice of Life Day Thirty One: How Did You Do That?





31 days.
I feel like my writing groove is coming back.
But how?  How do you really write everyday?
Some reflections on what I did to prepare and sustain this month.


Before March:
In February, when every other day was an ice storm and we all had the flu, I was on the couch.  (In an ice storm, with a fever--that as probably the flu.)  I made a 31 point list with topics to write about each day.  So when March hit, I wouldn't have to worry and fret about "what" I was going to write about.  I stuck to some themes and sub-topics to get me started:

  • What I'm reading.  (Go here to see a link up on Mondays:  http://www.teachmentortexts.com/#axzz5BKq51lre)
  • Ideas around pedagogy, management, assessment.
  • My One Little Word:  Abide  
  • What I'm Eating.  
  • Fun Topics!  Ideas to get to know each other a little better and to share more of our story.  
  • Celebrations.  Ruth Ayres hosts some celebrating each weekend.  Check out her blog:  https://ruthayreswrites.com/
During March:
I wrote.  It just became a priority.  My husband noted in January, "You are happiest when you are running and writing."  A side comment for him, a truth bomb for me.  So I've been fighting like hell to get those two things back in my schedule.  
I wrote before I sat on the couch at night.
I wrote while snuggled up on the couch in the morning.
I wrote before I watched tv, scrolled through a phone, tuned out for the night.

The Growth:
I know, I'm preaching to the choir, but the more I wrote, the more I found my story. 
Here are 3 posts from this month that I'm pretty proud of:
http://simplylearningtogether.blogspot.com/2018/03/slice-of-life-day-thirteen-first-grade.html

  • This post allowed me to share my classroom story a bit.  It was a moment that I felt like my vision and the work of that all came together.  


http://simplylearningtogether.blogspot.com/2018/03/slice-of-life-day-twenty-outline-for.html

  • This is a topic I continue to be passionate about.  I will continue to share thoughts and discoveries on this.  


http://simplylearningtogether.blogspot.com/2018/03/slice-of-life-day-twenty-nine-laughable.html

  • This is probably my most vulnerable piece of writing.  And probably the most that I will share about my last year.  I see this piece of my story as being more of a storytelling piece to share verbally.  But I always think sharing our stories can help.  If this piece helps someone see something than I did what I wanted it to do.

  • Food is such a big part of who we are as a family, I may end up writing each week about this.  
What's next:
More writing.  I'm opening up a notebook to try out some poetry.  

I'm also considering extending my streak.  

We'll see!  

Congratulations for your writing accomplishments.  

Joy!
Kendra







5 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for the links. I'll definitely be checking out a few of these.

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  2. Great reflection on your month of writing. Writing can be therapeutic and a way to find ourselves. Thanks for sharing your favorite slices.

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  3. So glad you linked to your favorite pieces of the month! I will check those out once I'm done with my comment here. I so connect with what you say about being happier when you're writing. I have felt happier this month than I have in quite awhile, and I know it's because I'm writing and connecting with other teachers who share some of my interests, teachers I can learn from, teachers who want to learn from me. And writing is that point of connection. I also need to find a way to keep writing after this month.

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  4. Congratulations on your writing accomplishments as well! I do find that writing creates more writing. Isn't is amazing how we find the story in the everyday life when we just take the time? I am attempting poetry for April, but no pressure!

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  5. I love the idea of trying to extend your streak! I may just try that too. It also struck a chord when you said your husband said that you're happiest when you're running and writing. I'm not a runner, but I think my husband might agree that I am happier when I write. I'm not even a "writer." I'm not a writing teacher. Heck, I'm not even teaching at all right now. (Music teacher on medical leave) But I love it so much and I think I'm pretty good at it.

    I tried doing the Tuesday challenge last year, but it didn't work out. But if I just keep writing every day, then Tuesday wouldn't be a problem!

    Good luck with all of your writing!

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