SOLSC Day 15: Home Again and Reading

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Home Again and Reading

I have to say, that was a great weekend off! My sister’s birthday celebration was longer than expected, but very nice. (I’m too old to be out past midnight!) Sleeping in…ahh! (I probably don’t need further explanation for that one, right?) I don’t know if I could handle any more fabulous food. (I’m stuffed!) Now it’s time to get back to business.

I finally got home. It was nice to sit on the passenger side of the car today: sun shining, breeze blowing, and me…reading! Thanks for driving, my lovely daughter! I read articles, news from the past week, and some tidbits sent by friends.

Some of the reading hit me a little hard today. This “testing issue” in our country is way out of control. People are talking, and I think that’s a good thing. But I wonder about the actions that will follow as a result. I also worry about how the talk affects our demeanor, our attitude, our job focus. I need to keep in mind that I’m at work to do a job, and do it the best I can for my students and for myself.  I’m not sure how all the politics of education are affecting everyone else (although I’ve read MANY people’s opinions), but I know it’s affecting me in a negative way, and I don’t like it.

I’ll write more about this when I have my wits about me again. For the time being, I have to say that I will keep reading and sharing. Education is the most important topic, as far as I’m concerned. The words are out there. I’m waiting for the right answers.

SOLSC Day 14: Birthdays

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My phone is almost dead! I spent the day with my sister, who shares a birthday with the Pi Day of the Century! We are having  great time. I promise I’ll write more tomorrow.

Celebrate!

SOLSC Day 13: Blast from the Past!

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Blast from the Past!

My former-position curriculum pals and I scheduled a VIP (Very Important Meeting) after school today at our favorite local hangout to catch up on family and school stories and enjoy each other’s company for a while. It has been so long since I have seen this amazing bunch of gals! What a Blast from the Past! We spent hours (literally) blabbering about babies, weddings, growth of our team’s little princess mascot (she’s 5; we were all meeting the day she was born!), school work, places we will move someday, and how great it was to be together again. Then something strange happened to me. It must have been a “Friday the 13th” kind of thing…

I looked up, turned to the side, and saw a nice couple, about my age, leaving their table to exit the building. For some odd reason, they both sort of stopped to look at me. I glanced back to our table, then did a double-take, and almost yelled out loud, “Oh, my gosh! Talk about Blast from the Past!” My friends from freshman year at Ball State University looked at me and said almost the same sentence! We spent a few minutes, not nearly long enough, updating each other on kids, jobs, and addresses. It was really nice to see them again. Reminiscing is such an illuminating experience.

I sat back down at the table, and my original group kept talking, and talking, and talking, until we finally decided that we probably needed to get home.  We paid the bills, promised to see each other again (not so long between this time!), and went on our way. Well, what do you know…

As I crossed the sidewalk to find my car, I saw two more ol’ teammates from my first softball team after moving to town after college. Oh my gosh! Another Blast from the Past! The night was quickly becoming a surreal experience. I stopped again to chat, just for a minute or so, then left the restaurant parking lot and drove home. I think my story from earlier this week about being tired will be my tale for tomorrow, too. I’m exhausted!

You know, Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and take a look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Enjoy your weekend.

SOLSC Day 12: Almost Half Way!

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Almost Half Way!

Wow! This month is flying by (thankfully). We are almost half way through the Slice of Life Story Challenge. I’m thinking we should have a theme every month, and write every day, all the time! April could be Poetry Month (it is anyway) and we could all post poems of our own or refer to our favorites; May could be gardening/flowers/nature’s wonders; June could be summertime celebrations, etc.

To be honest, it’s not easy to write every day, especially when you have other jobs and careers getting in the way. Not that my job gets in the way of my writing…yes! Sometimes, it does.  I feel guilty when I write some days, because I’m taking half an hour (or hour!) to write a little post, and then I still have to grade, plan, prepare for my reading conferences, look up resources, etc. You, know. All the OTHER tasks that need to be completed, at school and at home.

Very honestly, I just did the dishes tonight after 4 days! Both sides of the sink were full. I usually yell at everyone else in the house to help me get chores done, but I wasn’t doing the chores, either. Everyone else is busy, too, with school, jobs, etc. So I kept quiet. The sink filled. AAHHHH!

Back to writing: “almost half way” made me think about other things that I’m half way done doing:

Life (I’m 46; times 2, that’s 92!)

Paying the mortgage (Yes!)

Cleaning the stacks of paper off my desk (there were 4; I’m down to 2.)

The mid-way point is a good place. I’m really ready for the final stretch, though. Keep writing! I’ll see you all at the finish line!

SOLSC Day 11: Tired!

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Tired!

Today I am TIRED! I don’t know why. Oh, yeah…I DO know why:

* the computer light shined brightly and I couldn’t fall asleep (husband was working on an issue from his job)

* the dog cried/groaned all night long and I couldn’t sleep (he’s sick, too! Arg!)

* the ringing phone in my ears; I found out right BEFORE my alarm sounded that my daughter had a 2-hour delay today; I did not.

* failing to eat a good breakfast. I was groggy and grumpy and only had time for the essential tasks of getting ready.

* Fog: Too much concentration needed to drive to work!

* Losing both my plan times today to take care of important tasks

* Getting home after 7:00 p.m. We DID have a nice time at dinner — the last night of the Wings sale (49 cents!).

It’s almost 9:00 p.m. now. I’m tired. Good night!

SOLSC Day 10: Playing with Fonts

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Playing with Fonts and Colors

Today during writing time I played with fonts and colors. It was an intricate task, yet I found myself relaxing, creating wavy lines in navy blue, a heart encasing the word “love”, and yelling to the page: ARG!

Some people are creative, and have come up with amazing designs for their slices, while some are photographers, some sketch artists. Me, I just write simple sentences most of the time. But it’s always fun to play.

Playing = learning, you know.

 

SOLSC Day 9: Knucklehead

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Being a Knucklehead

My ELA classes are participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge with me this year. We couldn’t commit to the challenge officially, due to ISTEP testing and the lack of technology in our school/homes, but we have been studying what some slices might look like. One of my favorite mentor books to read aloud during this time of year is Knucklehead, by Jon Scieszka. The accounts of the “tall tales and almost true stories of growing up Scieszka” are hilarious, energetic, and entertaining.

The first chapter, “Beginning,” introduces Jon and his 5 brothers, his mom, and his dad. We totally relate — immediately! My students laugh out loud as I read, and then we go off to our writing places to record our own lives.  Not a day goes by that we don’t get some fabulous idea from Jon and his family. If I had to guess, here on Day 9, I would say that many of my students would label themselves “knuckleheads.” Maybe it’s true, maybe it’s not. But all of them honor this wonderful mentor knucklehead by attempting to write like him. What a way to SLICE!

 

 

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