Ten days of blogging for the Slice of Life challenge have passed. I have really enjoyed the challenge so far. It has made me really think about what is happening in my life and how I can put it into words. I have always loved to write, but have never really considered myself that good at it. I have so many ideas running in my head, but when I go to actually put those ideas onto paper nothing seems to work. I write sentences, only to erase them over and over because they don't sound right or they don't really explain the feeling I want them to. I explain to my students all the time that writing is really about the revision process. That is where the real work takes place, and it is really true. It is where the frustration lies for me as well. Self doubt plays the biggest role here, I think. That nagging thought that no one will want to read what I have to say. That feeling that it isn't good enough to publish for the world. My students struggle with this too, so I can empathize with them daily. I've accomplished ten days of blogging so far, and look forward to the rest of the month of the challenge. I keep pushing myself to write those thoughts and feelings down, and hope that it gets easier to do every day. Something tells me that it never gets easier, but I'm sure going to try anyway!
My baby brother Ben turns 35 today. He shares his birthday with Dr. Suess, which I've always thought was appropriate, since Ben is the epitome of Oh! The Places You'll Go. He has always had a very adventurous personality, and has never been afraid to try new things.
My brother and I haven't always gotten along. My mom says it is because we are so much alike...I'm not so sure about that Our interests have never overlapped that much. As kids, we spent so much time fighting...about nothing really. He always had a better relationship with my sister, the middle child and peacemaker. Now that I'm a mom and have three kids of my own, I see my own kids fighting with each other about nothing too, and have to wonder if they will end up like my brother and I. He lives in Wyoming and I'm in Missouri, so we don't get to see much of each other at all. I wish that we were closer in distance, so that we could participate in activities together. I hope that my o…
Saturday is here! A day usually spent running around, completing all of those errands that don't get completed during the week. It is also the day that I bring in the school bag, park it by my chair/ bed and then find as much busy work as I can to avoid actually grading anything in said bag. Does anyone else do this? As a language arts teacher, I often have so many papers to read, but no desire to do so. I'll wish I had on Sunday, but Saturdays aren't for school work!
I did make it to the gym this morning and walk/ran a 5K! I have never been a big exercise person, so actually having the desire to be at the gym before 9am is huge for me! I always feel a sense of accomplishment after completing a workout. Hopefully that sense of accomplishment will carry through to all of the other Saturday chores that I need to accomplish today!
Well, I'm off... running errands and fighting crowds....enjoy your Saturday!
Today starts the Slice of Life challenge. I introduced my students to the classroom Slice of Life challenge as well, and I was really happy to see how many of the kids were excited to try this. I think that they were more willing to try this when they found out that I am doing the adult challenge along with them. I had planned to have my students add their posts to a classroom blog, but unfortunately it is blocked on our school servers, so I had to come up with plan B. Luckily, I think plan B will work out better for the majority of the class anyway. I asked my students to just write for 10 minutes...about anything. I found that many of the students were more willing to do this if they could use a journal instead of blogging online...but I understand why. Sometimes just the act of physically writing something and having the option to draw and embellish is freeing. For my more artist students, I even said they could draw comics and cartoons. . As long as they are practicing wri…