16 Mar Slice of Life: It’s All in the Response #SOL18
You killed me the other day.
I stop setting up.
It just really hit me hard.
I am struggling to figure out what she is referring to and what I did. Was it an email? Something I said in a session. I struggle to remember.
You know, having two teenagers myself, I just couldn’t get through that slice. That was too close to home.
Now I realize she is talking about a blog post I wrote. Relief washes over me.
I don’t know how you write for thirty-one days. It must take so much time. Why do you do it?
I did not struggle to figure out the answer to that question. That is easy!
I do it for the community of Slice of Life writers. I do it to keep up with those I slice with all year. I do it to meet new slicers in March. I do it to follow someone’s journey. I do it to support those who are struggling. I do it to learn. I do it to share someone’s pain. I do it to share someone’s joy. I do it to connect. I do it to remember I am part of something much bigger than myself.
For me, the intensity of the month is not the thirty-one blog posts. The intensity is in the relationships developed throughout the month. I truly feel as if I am having a dialogue with fellow slicers. If I could read every slice every day I would do it. Choosing which slices to read and knowing I have to choose is the most difficult part of the March challenge for me.
Thirty-one days of response to my writing and responding to others’ writing is all-consuming. I am thinking, questioning, feeling, noticing, considering, learning, and reflecting for thirty-one days. It does take so much time. It is overwhelming at times. It is worth every minute to me.
How do we create this type of a community in our classrooms? Do we give our students the same opportunity to give and receive response? How can we use partnerships and small groups to create opportunities for our students to connect? Does the sense of community in our classrooms motivate and inspire our students to write? Do they read each other’s writing to notice craft and to learn new ways to write? Do our students plan to copy each other?
If we know how important response and the community is to us as writers, how can we ensure we create this for our students?
Thank you, fellow slicers – you are why I do it!
Thank you to Stacey, Betsy, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Melanie, Lisa 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.