The March Slice of Life Challenge is hosted by Two Writing Teachers .
Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
I’m celebrating a week of March slicing – a week of writing every day, no matter what, and a week of reading and commenting on so many wonderful slices. I thought I would be much more organized this year about when I would write my slice (the night before) and when I would comment (at breakfast, lunch , after school) and which would help me juggle the March Challenge with all my other responsibilities. That hasn’t worked out, and probably never will, so I write when I can and comment when I can and have stopped stressing about being “organized”. So, I celebrate all the writers who have made the commitment to post a slice every day in March, just as I have, no matter what we have to juggle.
And today I am also celebrating the fact that I AM organized in at least one area of my life: the linen closet. Now that the kids have moved out, I am going room by room, closet by closet, Saturday by Saturday, cleaning out and organizing. Today it was time to turn to the linen closet and toss out years of first aid “stuff”. Since our’s was the house where kids came to play, I had collected a whole closet full of first aid material: anything I would need to treat wounds that were the result of a variety of accidents.
We had many varieties over the years, and I had learned to be prepared for bike accidents which were different from skateboarding accidents , and these were not the same as tree climbing accidents or roof climbing accidents (don’t ask – please!), and then there were craft making accidents and those that I needed to be prepared for at the town pool. There were also miscellaneous events to be ready for – bee stings, bug bites, and sun burn. I have every kind of band aid, and rolls and rolls of bandages in different sizes and lengths. Also Ace bandages, for every joint and limb. So, today I am celebrating tossing them all away: we are no longer the “play” house, and I no longer need to be prepared!
And, finally, today I am also celebrating another amazing post form the always amazing Vicki Vinton about graphic organizers (UGH!) and thinking outside the box. Why are some teachers so drawn to linking every activity with some beautifully designed but utterly deadening graphic organizer???!!! I see young colleagues running off dozens and dozens of graphic organizers at every turn in the curriculum, and this makes me want to scream. Now, I don’t have to…I can simply send them a link to Vicki’s blog. So, once again, I celebrate Vicki Vinton.