What I Learn From Other Slicers #sol18

IMG_0944.jpgWhat I Learned From Other Slicers #sol18

March Year 2 Edition March 30, 2018

The intimacy of sharing a writing community and reading someone’s writing each day across time and place is profound.  Images and ideas stick with you long after you have left.

I have learned so much from so many bloggers this March. Last year I was so focused on just getting the writing done I didn’t allow myself enough space to just enjoy other writing and other perspectives.  This year I let go other reading to really read blogs consistently, reading between 20-25 blogs every day and sometime more than that.  Reading deeply in one genre gives you a stronger understanding of craft.  Here are 10 highlights from a month full of so many, tucked into my blog journal, my electronic folder, and my reading list. They will remain there for some time. 

From Alice Nine I learned about many different types of poetry, my favorite of which was golden shovels, My Daddy’s Golden Shovel.  In addition,  Alice has a wonderful way of weaving teaching techniques into her blog and respond to comments in a way that continues to teach.   To everyone else that wrote, explained, and taught me poetry techniques I am truly grateful.  Special recognition to Fran McVeigh, Lynne Dorfman and others.

From Lanny Ball and Stacey Shubitz, and others,   I learned true slicing,  those truthful everyday moments that hold so much meaning and sentiment.  Stacey let us into her little family and allowed me to peek at moments in young parenting that are long past for me. Last year, Stacey taught me how to make those watercolor illustration for my blog.

From humbleswede and Fran Haley, and others,  I learned that my dog could have a say which leaves the possibilities open for so many other things.  Lily still hasn’t gotten her say, but she has received honorable mention.

From Darin Johnston &  JCareyreads,  I learned that we can be PLN friends,  share ideas, and strengths, and hopes with each other.  Their honesty and thoughtful responses are the hallmark of what makes this challenge so meaningful.

From mbhmainepersistence and pedagogy,  and others,  I remembered about the variety of the slice techniques. So many of these techniques are squirreled away for a Tuesday.

From comments  like those from ureadiread and others, I was affirmed, supported, and taught.   5 star commenting from Brian Rozinsky for this whole solid year.  ( I have still yet to learn brevity from him)

From ebgriffin, saavyteacher and others,  I learned that we can talk over virtually what we are thinking, rehash what we wished, and have a virtual redo.

From mrspalmerponders and others,  I thought about the true depth of mentor texts.  Her How-To about blueberry picking will stick with me.

From my friend,  Clare Landrigan,  I continue to learn that you can accomplish what you set your mind to, that encouragement means everything, and you can know a person, but learn a lot more from their writing.

From my little welcome wagon tribe,  I learned that affirming someone else feels pretty great.

Bonus:  There were so many blogs that I truly enjoyed like this one from Anita,  Frog, Toad, and Vygotsky  I hope I told each of you when you wrote them.

This year blogging after school and posting in the AM worked for me as did reading  blogs throughout the day.  This technique was encourage by my welcome wagon crew being spread across the country posting at all different times. 

I learned a few things about myself too,  but I’ll save those for day 31.  

img_1405Day 30 of a 31 day challenge.  Writing with my writerly friends as part of the Slice of Life Challenge.  Read even more of their amazing blogs at Two Writing Teachers.  Thanks to Melanie, Stacey, and Lanny for coordinating so much for so many and encouraging me personally.

24 thoughts on “What I Learn From Other Slicers #sol18

  1. This is such a thoughtful post. You really got to know so many people through their writing this year. Your take aways are so specific. You really were studying. We are all lucky to have your support and encouragement during this challenge. I’m grateful for you!

  2. I am in awe of your dedication to really reading so many posts each day. I think you’ve hit on a vital truth: the difference between doing something out of obligation and immersion for growth. It’s a place that all educators need to get to … and certainly writers! Thank you for your beautiful words and your great warmth, which spills forth from this post. It’s an honor to be in your community – and a true pleasure!

  3. Impressive how much you were able to read daily. This post is going to be valuable one to revisit any time in need for mentor texts for slices. I understand that you have created many different ways (journal, folder, reading list) to store inspiration.

  4. I got lost clicking away on hyperlinks — thank you for sharing. I agree with Terje – this post is one to save and revisit. I read some I had missed. Thank you for sharing your coaching stories, your reflections on life, your humor, and your heart. It is amazing how much you learn about a person — still trying to count my jewelry, but 1:1 correspondence is throwing me off! Enjoy the weekend- and yes you can accomplish anything you set your mind to — and more!

  5. I love this slice! It clearly shows the attention you put to reading each slice. I love the structure and how you give a “shout out” to fellow slicers! Your words are a celebration of this challenge and all who took it on! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks for being a dedicated reader and commenter this month. Making connections and learning from others is one of my favorite parts of this challenge.

    A personal note of thanks to you for stopping by and taking the time to appreciate so many of my small moment stories this month!

  7. This is a very kind tribute to so many. I hope they all see it. It also reminds me of the way a classroom works as students form groups and become supportive of one another.

    • I went back after your theory comment the other day and edited it out. This community and the volume of writing allow us to be open to change and generous with our words. We learn from our own writing, from others’ writing, and from comments we receive. Amazing learning opportunity.

      • When I first read this response, I thought you were saying you deleted my comment. I’m glad I took the time to revisit your post. I’ve thought a lot about my own thinking about the word “theory” and whether or not I need to reconsider my terminology. As have you, I’m sure, I’ve studied literary theory a lot. I’m still thinking. It’s worth considering how we use these words at various grade levels. 🤗

      • totally! Sorry I wasn’t clear at first. I have so little interaction these days with higher level educators. I thought the string through the comments gave us all a lot to consider in our practice. The word theory wasn’t critical to the illustration I was making so I took it out to avoid dissonance, but I am still considering my use of it with students. Glad to learn more.

  8. This is really an awesome post. It gives me inspiration for next year. I’m going to try really hard to be reading even more entries each day. It’s so impressive how you were responding and gathering this whole month. Then to do all of this synthesizing and resharing is a gift for all of us. Thank you!

  9. I enjoyed reading this and seeing what you’ve learned from the different slicers. I also decided to spend a much more significant amount of time each day reading and commenting on slices, and I feel like that was the most powerful part of the month for me.

  10. Good on you, Sue, for reading so many blogs as part of this community! I admire how you’re closing the month with these slices of reflection — helpful unpacking for you, I imagine, plus insights benefiting us readers. It’s a joy for me to stop by weekly (or daily in March) to read what’s on your mind.

  11. Aww… I am so honored and humbled to be in your list of ten. This is my third year to slice. I paralleled some of what you did. I put aside all other reading. I didn’t do much on social media. I limited chats and webinars. I too read and commented on at least 25 posts each day. Early in the month I created an Excel file with over slicers blog addresses and names to make connecting easier. Some of the posts were great PD. I enjoyed personal slices and found many to be valuable as mentor texts. Thank you for this post and so many others this month that you have written!

  12. It’s an honor to be cited in your post. Wonderful idea to give a shout-out to those fellow bloggers who have influenced you. So glad to be part of your community this month 🙂

  13. This is such a beautiful way to wrap up our month of writing together. Thank you for the shout out! I too followed many of the blogs you cite here, and I too learned so much from all of my fellow slicers!

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