Sunday, February 19, 2017

Ideas and Planning for #SOL17

I just officially signed up for the Slice of Life Challenge. Now, to do it. This challenge is one that comes at a busy time in this (read: every) teacher's life, but I truly believe in the premise that writing will grow my writing instruction. As a #SOL17 newbie, I'm thinking that planning will lead to success.

Here's my plan: brainstorm a bunch of ideas to write about. They'll  be no particular order - just thoughts (they'll be both content- and format-based.) Add to the plan as inspiration strikes. That's it.

I know that the challenge starts on a Wednesday and has 31 days to it. For 7 of those days, I'll be on vacation, celebrating 20 years of marriage with my wonderful husband, so I'll have to take that into account as well.

Here we go:

  1. weather phenomena
  2. teenagers
  3. technology
  4. Chicago
  5. Mondays
  6. Fridays
  7. haiku - want to get some poetry going
  8. ode to spring
  9. coffee
  10. what I'm reading
  11. book clubs
  12. colleagues
  13. 5th grade funnies (want to start writing these down)
  14. dogs and what they do for us
  15. airports
  16. saying goodbye
  17. family
  18. gratitude
  19. standardized testing
  20. reading what we love - the impact on students
  21. meditating
  22. our jobs and how they impact us
  23. taking time to focus on relationships (I could start a blog on this alone - both personally and professionally)
  24. music
  25. exercise
  26. The Cubs and being uncomfortable
  27. empathy 
  28. self-care
  29. work/life balance
  30. book lists - what I want to read
  31. traveling
  32. a new country
  33. new experiences - how they change us
  34. staying present
  35. student choice & responsibility - reflections and growth
I'm realizing as I create this list that it's going to force me to be more present. To slow down and take notice of the small, funny moments that take place each day, but that I don't always take time to SEE.

I'm also realizing that I'll want to narrow my topics in order to keep my posts short - after all, it's a Slice of Life, not my Theory of Life. I'm loquacious by nature. Editing to be concise will be a challenge for me here, but I think it'll translate well into teaching and conferring points with my young writers.

So I have a plan!! Now: execute.


  1. Great list ... and be sure to let the unexpected happen .. those are the best Slices, I think.

    1. I'm really looking forward to that part. Thanks, Kevin!

  2. I can't wait to see where the month takes you!

    1. Me either! One of the parts I'm most excited about is to see where everyone else goes and how that affects me as a writer!!


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