Honestly, all I can think of is, “Ack, what was I thinking?” I have read many Tuesday slices over the last few years and intermittently thought I might do it one year, but I never really thought that I would start by jumping into the challenge of slicing DAILY for a month. I started talking to my third graders about writing slice of life posts when we worked on our fall personal narrative unit. I showed them some slices, we watched a video on the site, and talked about writing these as an option. Until a few weeks ago, that is where it ended. One student wrote a bunch of slices, and sometimes we looked at these as a class. At the end of January, I introduced the idea of the March challenge and bravely said I would be participating and would love it if some of them did too. We started a list of possible topics that remained on the whiteboard with periodic additions. A week or so later we spent some more time talking about the challenge. I mentioned it again mid-February. Time has a funny way of rushing by and Thursday I realized I would not see my students again until March 2. I reminded them that I would be participating and I would love company, I answered their logistical questions, and then asked who wanted in. One by one, I called the names to find out their decision- reminding them that they could always opt in later. In the end, 14 of 19 students said they wanted to give it a try and tears came to my eyes.* We are about to embark on a special journey together and regardless of how it ends up, how many complete all 31 days- we are all going to be different on March 31. We will have grown as writers, and as readers, as we slice and celebrate throughout the month. We will grow as a community as we support each other in whatever capacity we can.
Today, March 1, is a day I have been waiting for, but, boy am I scared. Kudos to my students brave enough to join me. Today we leap into the fray! We are one, but each of our stories will be told.
*Two more have emailed me to say they are in.