Monday, March 20, 2017

A Little Writing Inspiration

Principal ponderings...

If you remember, back in February, I told all of you about how I was going to challenge myself to participate in the March Slice of Life Challenge.  I wrote about in this post in case you forgot and wanted to read about it again.

So now, it's the middle of March and I am proud to say that I have made it more than halfway through the writing challenge.  I have written a short slice of life story every day so far.  Some days, like today, I don't exactly produce a lot of writing, but I at least sit down and devote some time to writing. And now I can see the finish line, have to keep writing.  Good news is that now, it is part of each day for me.  I can't let a day go by without working on a slice of life story.  If you want to read any of my posts, you can find them here.

Besides getting me to write, the challenge also encourages you to read what others write and comment on their posts.  I know I have loved seeing what people have to say about my writing, and I enjoy getting inspiration from what others write.  There are also some classrooms across the country where students are writing a slice of life story each day.  I thought I would share some individual posts as well as links to some classrooms in case you want some inspiration to do more of your own writing!

Classroom bloggers:
Here are some 3rd grade bloggers in NY!
Here are some 5th grade bloggers in Saudi Arabia!
Here are some 1st grade bloggers:

I am going to paste in a few links to other blogs.  It's hard to choose because there are so many people blogging.  This is going to be a rather random list!
Individual bloggers:

If you want to learn more about the slice of life challenge and getting educators and students to write everyday or check out other daily posts, check out the website

And now maybe you are inspired to do some of your own writing?

Currently reading:
I have had this book for a while and have heard many teachers and students recommend it.  I am finally starting to read it!  A Snicker of Magic is one of the MCBA books this year.  Looking forward to getting into it more.
I have also enjoyed skimming through the book Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White.  I just love Melissa Sweet's artistic talents, and this book not only tells the story of an awesome author, but it is visually appealing to read it.

Events this week:
**Parents are invited into gym classes this week to join in the Jump Rope for Heart activities.
Tuesday - Grade 1 chorus practice 12-1:15 in the PAC, School Council Meeting @ 3:30
Wednesday - Grade 1 school show @ 9:30 in the PAC, 4th graders doing the pledge at School Committee Meeting @ 7:00
Thursday - Liz @ MESPA Conference, District-wide half day, dismissal at 12:15, no lunch served, multi-part series in the afternoon, 1st grade concert @ 7:00
Friday - Staff attending the Blueprint for Educational Excellence National Institute
**Reminder that report cards will go live to parents the following week.

Great things I noticed last week:

  • Thankfully the snow day did not mess up the scheduled Play Preview on Wednesday.  Students got to see just a glimpse of what they would see in the show "Beauty and the Beast."
  • Teachers had fun solving some math problems in our afternoon word problem workshop session with Karen Gartland. 
  • I had fun hanging out in kindergarten one morning - It's amazing what these kiddos will come up with unifix cubes! 
  • A big thank you to the PTA, especially Linda Lee, for organizing Community Reader Days at FloRo!  I had fun going over to Boutwell Friday morning and reading a story to Miss Sheri's class. We even had some furry friends come and listen to stories! 
  • I brought Emerson to the Sunday performance of "Beauty and the Beast."  Our 3rd and 4th graders did an amazing job singing, dancing and having fun on the stage.  Kudos to all of the kids involved in the play! 

Check it out:
Here's a short post I just stumbled across today - all about reminding us to save time for play

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