The March Slice of Life Challenge is hosted by Two Writing Teachers
“The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
So, another March Challenge comes to an end. I begin each March full of resolve to write with enthusiasm and insight every day, but, as you fellow slicers know, this is a resolve that is quickly and sorely tested…starting about day 10. It is hard to teach all day, return home with book bags filled to the brim with notebooks and tests to read, respond to, and grade, and lessons to plan, gather resources for, and then execute…and find time to write posts and then read, appreciate and comment on other posts. Not to mention somehow fitting in all the other “stuff” of our lives (family, friends, you know – that sort of stuff!).
But, we find the time.
I am always so touched by the openness and generosity of this writing community. It has grown so much since I first began slicing with TWT, and, at times, it’s daunting to look at the number of talented writers who have logged on every day to share a slice of their life. And yet, we find the time to read what has been shared, leave meaningful comments, and return to “check in”. We discover new writers even as we link up faithfully with those we have been slicing with for many years. And we remember that even as it is so very satisfying to post and read what others have stopped by to say, our writing community only works because we take the time extend the favor – to leave comments, and to engage with what others have created, everyday.
We learn a lot about each other in the course of a month of slicing…and it shows:
*We have celebrated “big events”: birthdays, vacations, retirement announcements, anniversaries, the sale of a house, the purchase of a new home, and new jobs.
*We have shared difficult moments in our lives : helping our parents adjust to new lives, losing people we love, and the challenges of raising children – our own, and those entrusted into our care, in classrooms all over the world.
*And we’ve shared the ups and downs of our common vocation – what it’s like to teach today, the issues we face, our frustrations and our joys.
*We’ve learned about new books to read, new learning experiences to try out in our classrooms, new ideas to push our thinking about the why and how of our teaching lives.
*When we’ve stumbled in the challenge, we’ve supported each other. When we tried something new, we’ve celebrated each other. We’ve served as each others’ inspirations, cheering squads, support groups, motivators.
It’s been a wonderful month.
Thank you for joining us, for believing in the value of writing every day – both for us as individuals, as well as for what that experience lends our teaching practices. We are better teachers because we write, we engage in the struggle to put words on the page and craft something others will want to read. That struggle informs our teaching, and our thinking about teaching.
Thank you, friends… here’s to the SOLSC that was, and here’s to us!