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Slice of Life: Just the Suspense Freaks You Out #SOL18

Congratulations!!  We made it to Day One of Thirty-One.  It may seem odd to be celebrating on day one, but when it comes to a challenge I think the anticipation is often the worst part.  Once you are in it, you figure it out.  I love this video of a girl’s first ski jump.  How many of us felt like her last night or this morning?

The Slice of Life community is that coach standing by our sides listening, encouraging, and assuring.  There is the #TWTBlog team, the Welcome Wagon, and our fellow slicers.  Yesterday, Melanie Meehan empathized with our self-doubt and nudged those of us who were still unsure.

If you are in … we just made it down the jump.  Thirty days seems like nothing now!  It’s just a bigger Tuesday is all! If you are still at top of the jump, wondering if you should join this challenge, watch the video again.  Listen to her voice.  Feel her sense of accomplishment.  You’ve got this!!

Tammy and I love using this video in discussions with teachers and students.  It is the perfect example of scaffolding.  The coach did not explicitly teach anything in this clip.  He is simply there as she takes the next step towards independence.  She learns nothing new in this clip.  She is simply walking herself through the process, clarifying, and convincing herself she can do it.  Her stance is a big part of her success.  The coach gave her as much time as she needed and was careful not to interject or rescue her.

For all of us who have ever experienced this sense of suspense, it is important to remember it is a part of learning, taking on a challenge or trying something for the first time.  As teachers, we need to plan for our students to practice independence.  They need time to get the gumption to give it a go on their own and time to reflect, revise, celebrate and try again.



Thank you to StaceyBetsyBethKathleenDebMelanieLisa and Lanny for creating this community and providing this space for teachers and others to share their stories every day in March and on Tuesdays throughout the year.

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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 10:43h, 01 March Reply

    I love that video, and the analogy is great. Thanks for the shout-out–I did not post encouragement today–just a typical slice–I forgot that I already did that yesterday!

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    Posted at 10:56h, 01 March Reply

    Love that. Video. Thanks for coaching me into my coaching. Xxoo

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    Lisa Corbett
    Posted at 11:05h, 01 March Reply

    We can all use a bit of hand holding as we launch into something new! I think that’s one of the great things that comes from this writing challenge. We have people to help us through, yet we are independently working on improving our writing.

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    Erika Victor
    Posted at 11:30h, 01 March Reply

    I told one of my student slicers today that now he had just 30 more:) It is a scary and challenging month for sure. I think I should show that video to my third grade slicers.

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    Posted at 11:34h, 01 March Reply

    Well, that got me ready to start SOL with myself and my students! And this is exactly why I want to do SOL…to get better at noticing the little things in life that can make a difference in another area.

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    Lynne Dorfman
    Posted at 18:25h, 01 March Reply

    Wow, Clare! Just loved your post! It is a good beginning. A reminder of the thrill as we ski down the hill to Day 31 and celebrate our journey and our successes. A wonderful thank you to the twowritingteachers blog team. Love your variation in print for the last line that captures the spirit of this challenge – and glad you used the pronoun “we” – Here_we_GOOOOO!

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    Paula Bourque
    Posted at 18:36h, 01 March Reply

    Oh my gosh, I. LOVE. THIS. This video is going to stay with me the next time I take on a ‘scary’ challenge- the adrenaline rush is such a reward for the anxiety that can precede something new. Perfect slice to kick off this March!!

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    Aileen Hower
    Posted at 19:05h, 01 March Reply

    Best video for this day. Waa Hoo!

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    Karen Szymusiak
    Posted at 21:43h, 01 March Reply

    Thanks for sharing this video, Clare. It is a great reminder that we just have to start. The rest will come. Looking forward to reconnecting in SOL.

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    Karen Terlecky
    Posted at 22:10h, 01 March Reply

    Love this video, and will totally be “borrowing” it for future work! Getting started does always feel scary, especially when you decide not to have a plan this year – yikes!
    Love that the first jump is under our belts!

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    Posted at 22:57h, 01 March Reply

    Such an encouraging post. I don’t think i would be able to write without the support of the community. The comments lift me higher. Thank you for the video clip.

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    Michelle Nero
    Posted at 04:02h, 02 March Reply

    I love everything about this first slice! And this really spoke volumes to me:
    “The Slice of Life community is that coach standing by our sides listening, encouraging, and assuring.” The video was an excellent example of coaching and self-talk. “I can do this” and “That’s the only thin– it’s so fun!” Let’s remind ourselves of that on day 9, day 16, day 28 … 🙂 So happy to read your slices this month and learn so much!

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