This morning as I was checking in my slicers it dawned on me that we only have two days left of this challenge. As I was thinking it, I must of said it out loud because one girl said, "Thank goodness."
I said, "What?! You aren't going to continue writing?"
She replied with a quick, "No."
I said, "I think I am going to continue. Although it is work. I like it. I feel like I am telling my story."
Another girl chimed in and said, "I think I am going to continue too."
At the start of the challenge all 27 students participated but by the end of the week, they started dropping off. I currently have about 15 who have written every day or close to that.
And here is what I have noticed.
They get what a slice is and when a student didn't understand what the word anecdote meant, I was able to explain that it was fancy word for a slice of life.
Some students who have done no homework for me all year, have written in their SOL notebooks every single day.
Their voice. Their voice is coming out in everything they write, even their science research papers.
They love to write. A week or so ago during practice for student led conferences I overheard one student telling another, "When I started the year, I hated to write. Now it is my favorite thing to do. I love it."
They love telling me what they wrote about, and I enjoy listening to them. I am able to make a quick connection with them, which is important.
They are experimenting. I have been sharing my blog and those that I make comments on to give them ideas.
They feel successful. And there is no grade tied to it.
As I reflect over this past month, I just swell with pride. For them and me. This is what I needed to get myself back on track with my writing. Not only have I developed a style, I feel as though I have found my voice. I am going to publish my month long slices on lulu.com, an online publishing site.
And my students are going to publish their favorite slice as well. I can't wait for them to see the finished product. If they don't feel like authors yet, they will when they see their book.