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Slice of Life: Writing Needs to Become a Habit #SOL19 #TWTBlog

You’re slicing again … I thought it was over.

This was my family’s reaction as I sat down in my chair this evening to write this slice.  It is 9:30pm which is very late for me to post.  I have routines.  I have systems.  One day off and it all fell apart!

Teachers frequently ask me if it is okay if students write three or four days a week rather than five days a week.  I never want to tell people what to do … but I have to say the March Challenge proves to me year after year that it needs to be five days a week. 

When you don’t write, you don’t plan to write.  When you don’t plan to write, you don’t notice potential topics all around you.  When you don’t notice potential topics all around you, you are no longer living a writerly life.  When you stop living a writerly life, you stop writing.  When you stop writing, you fall out of love with it.

It was only 36 hours and I already fell out of the routine.  So yes, I think kids should write every day or at least every day we have them – 5 days a week!

Clare

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    Mandy Robek
    Posted at 02:27h, 03 April Reply

    YES – writing every day for 31 days made me plan and look for moments to capture. This is late for you, I was commenting and couldn’t find you for today – wondering where is Clare we have a Tuesday date.

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    Renae Mattson
    Posted at 04:00h, 03 April Reply

    I love this “teaching moment”! I work with pre-service teachers and I try to express just how important it is that we write if we want our students to write! Writing absolutely should be a daily practice 🙂

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    Amy Ilene
    Posted at 09:15h, 03 April Reply

    Agreed. I had the most fabulous mentor teacher who was a steady guide for my first 15 years of teaching.. On the days when I found myself collapsed into a chair in her room, regurgitating the many, many mistakes of my teaching day, she would ask, “Did they read? Did they write? If they did those two things, you did just fine.”

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    Susan Kennedy
    Posted at 09:38h, 03 April Reply

    Ever day routines of writing do make all the difference. Even the time matters.

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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 09:50h, 03 April Reply

    I love these words as I was thinking the same thiughts yesterday – Falling out of the routine so quickly after the challenge.
    I am more committed in my resolve however to ensure reading and writing happen EVERY day in our schools.
    Thank you!

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    Elisabeth Ellington
    Posted at 12:19h, 03 April Reply

    It’s amazing to me how much easier I find it to write (or work out!) if I do it every day instead of 3 or 4 times a week. I can quickly lose the habit and routine and get out of practice if I’m not doing it every day.

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