What I Have Learned
This is my second year completing the SOLC and it is time to reflect. Last year I was more prepared going in- I had lists of ideas and had mentally planned some slices. I meant to draft some slices to hold in reserve for days I ran short of time or ideas, but that never happened. This year I had the same intention, but again never drafted until after a long day. Last year I invited my class to join in, this year I did the same. This year I volunteered to be a part of the “Welcome Wagon” commenting on new slicers’ slices, even though I felt quite new myself.
Here is some of what I have learned…
- As Michelle Haseltine said so wisely (probably slightly misquoting her here): Just show up and write. I learned that I am not a good planner aheader- I think of slices all during the day, but when I sit down to write usually a whole new idea comes out of my fingers, usually not even something I knew I was thinking about writing.
- I am starting to look at life differently- everything is more interesting when you look with your writer’s eyes.
- We all have so much in common. I love learning more about other people (and as a result, more about myself) by reading slices.
- My students are amazing- some sliced daily, some quite often, and some not at all, but I feel like I know the slicers even better after this month.
- There is never not enough time to write a little. Some days I surprised myself by squeezing in some writing (and commenting). It is a choice I have to make (although my reading life has suffered a bit).
- I am soooo excited that this summer I will have the opportunity to attend the June Writing Institute at Teachers College. I know I have so much more to learn. This year I have been using the Units of Study for the first time and I am learning so much about writing and hope to pass a fraction of that on to my students. I can’t wait to take this next step!
- I will keep slicing on Tuesdays and look forward to learning more about writing from the amazing community brought together by The Two Writing Teachers. Thank you all for your commitment to writing and helping us all improve!