Friday, 1 March 2013

SOL: 1.3.13

Writing a slice of my life...
Today I am totally not ready for this years slice of life.  I have a new syndicate leader at school and there are obvious changes at school that I'm coming to terms with.  March has just snuck up on me without me even knowing it.

At school today, my day started with opening up my class and preparing for my day.  But, something has happened to my brain.  It's just not remembering to do everything.  Take photos of the last 6 students who missed their silhouette photos.  Put labels on students books.  Label pencils and red pens.  Mark homework.  Prepare guided reading.  Get the maths work ready.  Duty at the gate.  Have I got enough fast writing worksheets.  Write up a seating plan on the mat.  Make a board for children who remember to bring their book bags. 

The list goes on and on and on.

We have been at school now for 4 weeks and things are starting to settle down, I think.  Most of my students have their stationery so we have started using our books.  I'm a little disappointed that I'm not more organised with my SOL challenge.  It's a little rushed but I think I'll participate and write with my students everyday of the school week.  For the month of March I will write everyday and my students will write everyday of the week.  When I get to school tomorrow I will print of the SOL labels for my students and we will write everyday.

I will use my publishing books for the students SOL books.  I like this book because there is space at the top to draw a picture and ruled lines underneath.  The timetabling of our writing time can be done in the afternoon.  If this time doesn't work, I'll have to think of another time during the day to write.

As for myself I like the ideas starters that were posted last year so I hope these ideas will be available this year.  If not I can always do a google search of daily ideas for writing.  I'm the worse editor and what my brain is thinking and what is written doesn't always make sense. 

I'm surprised that as I sit and make time to write, I've got a story in this brain of mine.  I have to be honest I was dreading the challenge this year because of not being very well organised.

My students wrote their first SOL entry and I was pleased.  We wrote at the end of our school day so they had ideas from their morning tea time and lunch time.

Last year my students and I had a SOL party.  It was the best!  We had our shared feast of goodies and then a presentation of prizes for all students.  I had other prizes for students who managed to write everyday.

So far so good.  Not much else to add.


  1. Wow- was impressed with the idea that you were organized with your first slice challenge last year. Last year it was survival writing for me each day! Sometimes posting by midnight! What you are doing is enough. Check out Ruth Ayres post about being enough-

    1. Oh wow! Thank you. I just read the above post from Ruth. I don't know how I missed this post but I sure am glad you directed me there.

      I am enough!

  2. I had to go back and find where you were from when I read you had only been in school 4 weeks. Then I totally understood the feeling unprepared. I'm not sure I could do the challenge at the beginning of the school year! Beth is right about checking out Ruth's post.

    There are also some great places to get ideas. are both places that have fun ideas to write about. I use them frequently!

    Happy Slicing

    1. Hi Deb, I think I prefer the beginning of the year because I'm fresh after a long summer break. By the end of the year I'm knackered.

      Thanks for the writing ideas. I'm going to use the ideas from last year and it's fun putting a new twist on them in 2013.

  3. I try to write about the things that make me laugh at myself. Someday I'll learn to write about the things that make me angry. Welcome back!

    1. Thank you Lori. You're lucky you know what to write about. I never know until I sit down at my computer and starting pondering my day.