As the evening light begins to disappear over the Western Slopes of Colorado, it’s my time to pause and reflect on my week. There are many things that come to my mind, but since this is my first SOL experience it’s hard not to think about what I have signed up to do for the next 28 days!
I would have to say that I do see writing ideas all around me. Now, I just need to quickly record those ideas in my Writer’s Notebook before they flit away.
I enjoy reading other people’s slices, which not only gives me ideas for writing, but also windows into other people’s daily lives and hearts. I am inspired by the writing moves people craft and the honesty from which they write.
I have forgotten what it was like to be a part of a writing community, that didn’t include 7, 8, and 9 year olds.
I love the Classroom Slice of Life that starts my day. The classroom door is open at 8am and our learners are arriving early to just write with others in their special SOL Writer’s Notebook. Soft music is playing in the background, writers are spread out across the room – some on the floor, others against walls with pillows, and others at tables. Everyone is excited to have their completed slice photographed, so it can be posted on the classroom blog. Everyone is excited to read snippets to nearby writing friends.
I can’t say that I am not exhausted, but the exhaustion is well worth the struggle. And it has only been the first three days!