The Slice of Life Challenge has provided me with an opportunity. One that I should have taken and could have taken but never did. An opportunity to write...but then my internal critic would ask about what---and--- why--- and---who would care. But once I started on March 1, I have found I am able to come up with ideas. I love people reading my posts, but I have found this experience is truly for me. I am loving it!
I have spent most of my adult life encouraging, prodding, expecting my students from first grade through college to express themselves in writing. Presently with my college students, I expose them to research, I have them read articles about the writing process and articles on how writing impacts students' lives, I have them read a textbook that they must react to while writing their children's book, I make them write a story to be published, I make them read their story and do an activity to engage their peers in their story. I make them write, write, write; and I insist they write stories that matter to them.
And yet until now, I haven't taken the time to write for myself. I write A LOT but not for myself. I usually say at some point and time in the semester in a whispered tone, "I am going to start writing each day in a journal." I haven't gotten that done. But this March I started writing taking on the Slice of Life Challenge. And what a rush it has been for me!
The benefits to me are endless. I am enjoying thinking, writing, reading, thinking, writing, reading, etc. I also find that my college students are benefiting. And why shouldn't they? It is proven that those that "do" can teach better and with more understanding. Again something I have said over and over to my college students and now when I say it I have more credibility.
The Slice of Life Challenge is getting close to the halfway mark...I can't imagine the loneliness I will feel once this experience ends. So I choose not to imagine it but to continue to enjoy! Thanks for the platform. This is a great experience for me!