Slice of Life Story Challenge 2015: Day 2

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Day Two, Year Two, and Two is my favorite number, too!

The March Slice of Life Story Challenge is hosted by http://www.twowritingteachers.wordpress.com.

 

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Today I was TOO sick TO go TO school.

Slice of Life Tuesdays: Poem for the SOLSC in March!

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Gearing up for Writing

We are just a few days away; I wonder what I’m going to say?

So excited to share again, making friends, wondering when

I’ll get my posts done.

I’m so busy each day, but it takes just a moment to say

a slice of my life.

Sharing is the best; I love to read the rest!

Tell me about you, too!

See you all on March 1st! Have a great SOLSC month!

Jennifer’s One Little Word for 2015

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LEAN: My one little word for 2015. I chose my OLW easily, based on my goals: 1) Lose weight and be more healthy/lean, the “staple” New Year’s goal, and 2) lean towards the future and live my dreams.

Lean is a multiple-meaning word; I like a word that is short, yet complex — like me. I feel like I’m living multiple lives right now, with home and work/school and my dream life of becoming a writer, and this word that means so much emulates me this year. There are so many OLW choices, and as I read others’ posts, I say to myself, “Yes, that’s a good one, too.” I love reading about the reasons people chose their One Little Word. I feel inspired and hopeful and excited for the future. My reasons, and my word, LEAN, are simple, but complex.

LOSE WEIGHT AND BE HEALTHY

The adjective, lean, means “thin, especially healthily so; having no superfluous fat.” (Google it!) Although I do want to lose weight, and walk (or run?) in the local Sunburst races in June, I love that lean means healthy. I am a terrible emotional eater, and this past year I gained more weight than ever. I definitely intend to lose weight, however, I really want to be healthy instead of just thin. I’m off to a good start here — 24-Day Advocare Challenge and T25 workouts — fairly simple to start, but also to maintain. I’m not one to stay with a program of dieting or exercise, and this is only 25 minutes, and I’m still eating, just better food! (I say this now — talk to me in March to check on my progress — LOL.) LEAN = fit. I’m ready to be fit.

Bonus: “Having no superfluous fat” also inspires me to clean the clutter in my house. I’ve done a pretty good job so far cleaning out old papers, organizing books and household items. Of course, it’s an ongoing process.

LEAN TOWARDS THE FUTURE/LIVE MY DREAMS

Lean is also a verb meaning to “be in or move into a sloping position.” I really like the way I’m “moving into” a position of forward direction in my life. Not bent over, not standing still, but I am leaning towards the future, not looking back. One of my drawbacks in the past is that I have dreamed without acting. I’m ready to change that. I want to write, I want to travel, I want to learn more about life outside of Indiana– it’s all going to happen this year! One of the ways to meet my writing goal is to post more on this blog. I have scheduled time to write and I have topic ideas. I thank all of my writing buddies at “Slice of Life” (www.twowritingteachers.wordpress.com) and Twitter for their supportive and motivating comments. Now I can write about my One Little Word, LEAN, as well. So many topics, so little time! (Well, a year is an ample amount of time, right?) This is my start!

Another Bonus: Another adjective for lean is “efficient and with no waste.” I love it! I’m not wasting time or money. I started a “save jar” for my traveling funds. When do the plane tickets go on sale?

I found some quotes to motivate me to keep my OLW, LEAN, as a priority:

“Lean is about being an athlete, not a skeleton.” (Sami Niemela, designer and co-founder of Nordkapp, in Finland)

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.” (Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook)

Looking for a visual, I found The Leaning Tower of Pisa — one of the landmarks I want to visit someday. When I look at this Britannica pic, I think of my goals.

Exterior of the Leaning tower of Pisa

LEAN. That’s my One Little Word for 2015. Have a great year, everyone!

 

 

Everyone Knows Better

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“The grass is always greener on the other side.”

No, it’s not.

“Live Your Dreams!”

I wish.

“You should…(insert statement of advice here).”

I’m not you.

“Listen.”

You listen.

“Have a nice day!”

Thank you! You as well.

 

Another post about giving and taking advice that I found today was my daughter’s blog post, “Review of Katelyn Cameron’s Article.” It was interesting that we were both at our computers, essentially writing about the same thing. Hers is more detailed and specific, but pretty good, I think! Check it out.

http://courtneyrenee.me/2014/12/13/a-review-of-katelyn-camerons-article/

Slice of Life Tuesday: Why Write?

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“It’s misleading to think of writers as special creatures, word sorcerers who possess some sort of magical knowledge hidden from everyone else. Writers are ordinary people who like to write. They feel the urge to write, and they scratch that itch every chance they get.” — Ralph Fletcher

This is the inspirational quote I read today when I opened my “Two Writing Teachers” email post. I do love writing. Pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, photos to screen shots: all of these help me to show my passion for writing.  Thank you for reading my blog!

“Writers are ordinary people…” This part of Mr. Fletcher’s quote especially resonates with me. I’m just a girl, just a teacher, just a dreamer. Writing is a method of exploring the world. Writing is an acceptable approach to vent feelings and frustrations. Writing is a process to question others and our surroundings. Writing is a celebration of the freedom to be — whoever I want to be.

I love writing.

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“Slice of Life Tuesdays” are sponsored by the Two Writing Teachers blog site. Thank you, ladies, for the opportunity to be a “Slicer!”

 

 

Slice of Life Tuesdays: Dreaming

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                                                                            Live Your Dream!

That was the theme of the first instructional window at school this year. Teachers tell students that nothing is impossible; dreams can become reality. All you have to do is learn to read and write (and know the way the earth works, and maybe some calculus), work hard, and make an effort, no matter what. And that’s why I won’t give up. I want to live my dreams, too.

Why should children and Martin Luther King, Jr. be the only ones who have dreams? All people need dreams. Gloria Steinem said, “Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities…dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” Teachers plan all the time. Why can’t teachers have dreams?

My dream is to write a book. Maybe a series (let’s not get ahead of ourselves now). Ok, one book — for now. Planning to achieve this dream gives me hope and excitement to live my life each day. Oh, the possibilities! Gloria Steinem was right.  I am currently planning the parts of the book. Each time I realize an idea floating around in my brain, I take out my Evernote app, log in to the notebook, “book,” and record my thought bubbles. Each note is one bubble that I don’t want to pop; I want the ideas to swirl around until I choose to organize them, to ground them into a page.

I love talking to my students about dreams. They have been reading and researching people who live their dreams: Ryan and Jimmy and the well in Africa…, Derek Jeter, and Samantha Larson, who climbed mountains — they all lived their dreams. Then I showed my class this quote by George Bernard Shaw: “You see things, and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were, and I say, ‘Why not?'” It was a joy to hear one student say to another recently, “Why not?” when asked about an idea.

Can you write about (insert topic)? Sure, why not?

Can you read that book in the library you have been eying? Sure, why not?

“Hey, Mrs. S, do you think you’ll really write a book?”

Why not? I’ll even dedicate it to you, my class of dreamers.

 

“What Did She Say?” — My answers to chat questions from the past week

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I want to remember and reflect on my participation in social media chats. Chatting with others is a wonderful PD-on-my-own-time opportunity, and I am learning so much from my time with new-to-me technology. I thought it would be fun to creatively record my answers to Twitter chat questions, so I dreamed up this blog column, “What Did She Say?”  — I will share my answers to some important Twitter chat questions and opinions about current educational issues each Monday evening.  Here’s the first one!

From “Teach and Celebrate Writing” First Sundays, August 3, 2014 (#TandCwriters):

Q1: What routines and procedures do you put into place to help students be organized as writers?  A1: Set up workshop routines the first week. Keep a consistent plan/schedule. We have notebooks and 3-ring binders. Never tear out pages of notebooks!

Q2: What are routines and procedures for conferring with writers? A2: I love Carl Anderson’s work, and attended his workshop on conferring in June. I love that you compliment the writer first. I found out about Penny Kittle’s “Bless (compliment), Press (research), Address (teach)” plan for conferring. I’m stealing it!

Q3: What are routines and procedures for helping students to revise/edit? A3: Read the piece aloud! (great help) Peer editing groups, circling parts to check, highlighting. I need to look up “Express Lane Edit” by @writeguyjeff (Jeff Anderson). I also learned that long-term writing partners give support.

Q4: What routines and procedures do you have for students to share? A4: Penny Kittle’s “Symphony Share”; writing alongside a mentor text to show comparisons. I want to review the book, Write Beside Them again. There was a YouTube video, “Austin’s Butterfly critique” I want to see again. The message from the chat group was that students need more audience — more forms of sharing. I loved the idea of “Best Lines of the Week” — students each share one great line from notebook.

Q5: What writing routines of your own do you share with students? A5: I share my mentor texts, my blog, my ideas list, and my past (college) assignments. I also show risk-taking — things I tried. The chat group repeated the “BIC” way of writing: “Butt in Chair.” Just do it!

Q6: What is something new to try this coming school year? A6: I want my students to blog at school, maybe using KidBlog. I joined a writing group already, and I want to have students get together in writing groups often. I loved the idea of going to a bookstore (field trip!) for a publishing party!

Q7: What are you celebrating as a writer? A7: I am writing more, and more often; I have carved out times in my week to write. I have writing buddies now. Writing is so much fun!

Thank you for taking time to find out, “What Did She Say?” I hope this outlet will help all of us to remember to be great readers, writers, and teachers. See you next week.

 

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