Today is March 31 (barely, by the time I post this. Must.type.quickly!) and that means it’s the end of the Slice of Life Challenge. I’ve been participating in the challenge since the beginning and this is at least the 3rd year in a row that I’ve blogged every day in March.
But that’s not what makes me smile.
What makes me smile is reading the reflections from my students, many of whom wrote 31 slices this month on their own blogs. Half of my 80 freshmen chose to continue blogging on our private Kidblog site, but the other half blogged publicly for the first time! (You can check out their blogs here). Later this week we will reflect on the experience but more than a handful did a bit of reflecting on their blogs tonight. It made my teacher heart swell with pride to read that the process actually turned out to be enjoyable, worthwhile, and sometimes fun. A few students even plan to continue blogging!
I love watching my students grow as writers and the most dramatic growth often occurs during our Slice of Life Challenge. They begin to write better and faster, they begin to come up with interesting topics faster, and they begin to take compositional risks. It’s awesome.
But now it’s 11:30pm and I just finished reading and commenting on about 30 blog posts. Now, I sleep. Unlike some of my students I will of course continue blogging. But it will be back to our regularly scheduled posts around here. I may not blog everyday, but Slice of Life certainly helped with my blogging block of the last few months!