Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
After a month of writing every day for the March Slice of Life Challenge, I wasn’t going to post today…I thought I needed a break. Then I began thinking about the week, and the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I HAD to post today – there was so much to celebrate! So…
1. The March Slice of Life Challenge:
I wrote , and read, and commented every single day. It was hard work, but such an amazing experience to be a part of this supportive and inspiring writing community. As always, it connected me to new friends all over the world – from right here in New Jersey to all the way in Australia. This year, I’ve printed out each slice for my writer’s notebook, too – slices to revise and perfect, and add on to. This is something I’m doing along with my students, which makes it all the better.
2. Six Months as part of the Two Writing Teachers Team
I had a lot of doubts and questions about whether I could contribute anything of value, or even manage the work involved, when I accepted Stacey’s invitation. TWT had always been my go to place for sustenance as a writing teacher – what on earth could I bring to the table? But, I have always counseled my own children to push themselves, to accept challenges because that is the only way we grow…so, I took my own advice. It”s been a wonderful and rewarding journey.
3. Completing a successful launch of the Argument Protocol in my classroom
Ever since I first learned of this in Mary Ehrenworth’s Summer Institute ’13 session on argument writing, I have wanted to try it out with my kids. We’ve spent the last two weeks doing exactly this, with many opportunities to take a stance, caucus, and write flashdrafts. I could see for myself the value of this way of teaching argument writing the way my kids responded and gained the facility to frame a stance and support it. Awesome work. We finished this week with the Great Chocolate Milk Debate, the only downside to which was the fact that the test samples I bought (cartons of both varieties) were somehow left at the grocery store, when I forgot that I had four bags of groceries, not two. Two bags of milk cartons are sitting in some cart in the ShopRite parking lot…
4. Spring Break
Snow days just about deleted our Spring Break, but we are taking advantage of the one day left with a long weekend in Boston – and some things that make our hearts sing. So this time, next week, I won’t be writing about celebrating, but actually celebrating Spring Break!