#sol17: Reflections

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Day 31 of #sol17


     And, suddenly, Day 31 is here.

     On the 1st of March, I really didn't think I would make it to March 2nd in this year's Slice of Life Challenge.  It has been an incredibly busy school year for me, and I did not think I would be able to commit to writing every single day.  Yet, when I set my mind to something, I really try to follow through.  This year, I had some classes joining me, and it they were going to do it, I was too.  

     We did it.

     Well, just about...  I did miss 2 days right around my daughter's birthday.  I remembered at 11:30pm CST (which is past the deadline here in the midwest) so I didn't post.  Rather than make it up the next day, I skipped writing again because birthday festivities got the best of me.  But, other than that, 29 days were blogged and posted on the correct day.  I can be proud of that.

     I'm even more proud of the student writers who blogged with their classes!  We had 7 classes blog: Ross/Waszak, Carrillo, Flowers, Ivnik, Harvey/Bludeau, Milford, and Haar.  Perhaps not every child blogged every day, but they wrote and commented on most school days.  Some classes did more, some did less, but all committed to giving their students a voice.  We saw their writing stamina grow, their sense of audience increase, and their feeling as writers become established.  I am so proud of our student writers!  For the past 2 months (thanks to One Book, One School and Slice of Life) my phone has been getting over 200+ email notifications a day from Kidblog for post approvals.  I'm going to miss all that writing, but perhaps not all the emails.  :)

     One special shout out is to +Kathy Ross for writing every day in March, too!  She has been writing on Facebook and her blog, with such great memories and stories from the heart.  Thanks, Kathy, for becoming a writer yourself this month.  You have a voice that wants to be heard (and read) by others!


     We ended the month by recognizing our classes at a PBIS assembly.  Here is a representative from each class receiving their award!

     My one BIG regret?  I did not comment nearly as much as I wanted to.  I usually wrote 2-3 comments on teacher blogs, and wanted to do more.  It was the student blogs, though, that I really want to comment on more next year.  I was approving posts more than commenting, so I read them but just couldn't comment on that many kids.   That's my regret.

     Overall, I feel like a writer!  

     Until next year, or next Tuesday, slicers!



  1. You did an amazing job with all those student bloggers. I don't even know how you found time to write your own posts. Well done!

  2. Congratulations! What accomplishments!!! I, too, struggling with commenting this year. I can't believe the month is over.

  3. Congratulations! I have participated for 4 years, but have never done the classroom challenge. That just seems too daunting to me. It is hard to believe it is really the end.

  4. Congratulations! I have participated for 4 years, but have never done the classroom challenge. That just seems too daunting to me. It is hard to believe it is really the end.

  5. Yeah! You did a great job! 31 is a lot of days! We celebrate writing and that you have done! Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesdays!

  6. Yay!!! You did it! I love the awards you created :) Awesome way to recognize the amazing writers in your school. I also regret not commenting as much as I should :( But, it's something to work on!

  7. Congratulations! Your regret about not reading/commenting as much was where I was my first year (last year) ... but this year, I was determine to consider it a PLN and I did. I loved the ideas, took notes, bookmarked pages, and even logged blogs I want to go back to. I suspended all my other reading for the month. It really was a huge commitment but well worth it. And I planned for it. So here's to more in March 2018.

  8. Such a great job helping to share SOL with lots of teachers, Leah! Great job to you, too, for the writing You've done. I also wish I could have commented more often! There's always tomorrow :-)