A Tweet of Inspiration: A Slice of Life

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Writing teachers need to write themselves.
I am participating in the Slice of Life 2015 Challenge, 
where I attempt to write stories and narratives about moments in my life.
I apologize if this blog post veers off the informative "literacy lens" I usually write through.
This month I am pretending to be a writer, for my students' benefit (and my own).
Writers write. 

     Today, I struggled for inspiration.  Day 12 of the challenge, and I had nothing to write about.  As the day turned to night, I just really struggled to come up with something.  Today was just an off day for me, and I was struggling all day with my purpose.  Every now and again, I have a day where I struggle to find my place. With a weird schedule, and state testing that causes me anxiety, and perhaps the time change, this week has seemed less effective for me as a literacy coach.  Plus, I spilled coffee on myself 3 times today.  A trip to the park didn't even restore my balance.

     I got home, and turned the computer on, and logged into Blogger.  Nothing.

     I thought perhaps I would go to Two Writing Teachers and just read some other peoples' slices.  The first one I found was here:

"My object in living is to unite 
My avocation and my vocation"

-Robert Frost

    That quote just started to turn me right around!

    I love my job!  Sometimes I don't feel as effective as I would like to be, but that is just because I enjoy it so much and I want to do it well.  I do think education is the merger of my vocation and avocation, and Katy Collins described.  I would teach for free, though my husband would not approve of that.  I decided to go to Twitter and tweet that quote.  You know, spread some poetry and positive vibes from another #sol15 blogger.

     As soon as I got to Twitter, I started seeing the #g2great Twitter chat feed go.  I almost forgot it was Thursday!  My favorite chat of the week was happening, just when I needed it.  And it was about reflection!!!  Boy, do I know how to reflect.  Sometimes, especially on days like today, I reflect too much.  Time to go Good to Great! 

      I missed half of it, but thoroughly enjoyed the second half.  This was the tweet that got me out of my slump.  Be the change.  Hey, I can do that.  :)  Somehow, Dr. Howard always tweets the right things just when I need to read them.  

     So, there is my slice tonight.  Just a great Twitter chat recommendation, an inspirational quote from Robert Frost, and a mindset change.  


  1. Funny how things can turn around when you least expect them to do so. Love the quotes you included in your slice.

  2. Leah! I love your slice for tonight! I just finished mine, so close to the deadline. Glad you were at our chat tonight. I think I would teach for free too! And yes, my husband would not approve either! Dr Howard does have a way with just the right words at just the right moment, I second you on that! There are just some people in the world who are right there at the right moment when you need them. Looking forward to chatting again next week at #G2Great and reading more of your slices.

  3. I heart twitter! Glad you found what you needed - and then shared great stuff!