SOL Day 1


Today is March 1st, which means it is the first day of the Slice of Life Challenge.  As usual, I’ve challenged my 9th graders to blog at least 10 times during the month of March.  Many of them are challenging themselves to blog for all 31 days this month (I admit to bribing them with a little bit of extra credit).

The first few days are full of blog posts as students enthusiastically begin the challenge.  Every hour or so I check in with our Edublogs account, read the newest posts, check the moderation queue for comments, and track who has posted so far.  It’s time-consuming, but I really enjoy it! Luckily, it slows down after a few days as students miss a day and stop aiming for 31 posts in 31 days.  Of course, some students power through and achieve the ultimate goal of 31 posts, but no matter how many posts they publish, we all have fun.  Well, they have fun once they look back on it in April.  Ask them in March and you might get a different response!

I always enjoy the Slice of Life blog posts my students write because I feel like I get to know them so much better over the course of the month.  Normally, my students blog twice per month and they often focus on serious topics.  Slice of Life forces them to get into the habit of writing frequently and they quickly run out of ideas, forcing them to write about their “boring” day.  However, their days are usually far from boring.  I love learning who spends time running with their the dog after school, who goes to swim practice, who practices oboe each day, who binges Netflix when their parents think they are doing homework, and who paints or draws in their spare time.  I have over 100 students each year, so the blogs help me interact with students on a more regular basis.