First, the back starts to hurt. Then it's the sit-bones. You try to lean backward, but the gap between the plastic lunch table seat and the wall is just a little too far to take any pressure off your posture. You fiddle with your notepad - then poke around inside your backpack, anything to keep … Continue reading 10/7 Slice: Uncomfortable Chairs Build Empathy?!
Monday: Ah, a reading day! How peaceful... Tuesday: Ah, a lesson followed by work time! The students will TOTALLY make the most of this, right?! Later that day in a CLT meeting... "I'm so frustrated. I teach lessons that the students don't even hear! They have time to work on a theme page, then act … Continue reading Roses and Thorns: The Week Before Spring Break
Well, today's the last day. And I don't quite know how to begin the end. I spent the morning reading beautiful, reflective pieces by fellow slicers, and am moved to try my hand at a similar format. I've learned a lot about myself and my writing over the past month, and want to both share … Continue reading Slice of Life #31: The Art of Slicing
I think teachers and students should all wear mood rings. Maybe then, my students wouldn't push my buttons quite so much. Maybe they'd know when to quit before I blew my lid. Today I gave an entire class detention for a week after far too many unheeded warnings. I admitted that it's hard to give … Continue reading Slice of Life #29: Mood Rings
Today's Miracle: 28 and 26 students(Two rowdy, after-lunch classes)(11-12 years old, attention spans short) FOCUSING! Writing, Drawing, Making thinking visible. Mining books for examples, Asking for help, Grabbing post-its freely. If finished,Reading. At the call For turning in notebooks, more than half areDONE! I guess offering a reward: Read aloud time at the end of … Continue reading Slice of Life #28: Today’s Miracle – A Poem
Thanks to Aggie for being my mentor text! I'm currently... Listening to the coo-OO-oo of a mourning dove outside my window, reminding me of mornings in my childhood bedroom. Loving my cat's fluffy belly as we cuddle. Some love after a stressful day feels nice. Drinking water out of a mason jar. Those empty tomato … Continue reading Slice of Life #25: Currently…
Porch: More like steps,Bricks warmed by sunshine,Rusty railing for leaning against. BelowSits the cat. Nibbling on browned grassesHiding amongst the bushes. And then... She stands at attention Ears perkedLanguid posture gone. I hear a rustle(A good 30 seconds after her)And behold: Across the sidewalk, A squirrel. She prowls. She pauses, Alert.They make eye contact.And... They're … Continue reading Slice of Life #24: Sunny Sunday Scuffle
Wednesday. It's 7:20am when I awaken to my boyfriend's alarm. I swear as I whip off the covers. My cat rolls to her back and gives me a stretch, inviting cuddles, but I'm about 30 minutes behind already - that's what I get for turning on only 5 instead of all 10 of my morning … Continue reading Slice of Life #14: Road Rage?
LaCroix Your can-side cool to the touch, Your snappy, snarky hello, The calming fizz of your bubbles As they encounter my tongue, Ahhhh. I don't know what it is about you That so endears you to me. I could buy Your cheaper spawn At Aldi... Yet I don't. I could buy you in bulk, Plastic … Continue reading Slice of Life #7: An Ode to LaCroix
I wake up. I wake up. I check my phone. Snow and rain is on the way. More snow days? Please, God, no. I open my email. Get in here today! 40% off! Joann Fabrics is a siren. I need to unsubscribe. Tomorrow? I scroll Instagram. The Lost Man, by Jane Harper A Woman is … Continue reading Slice of Life #2: Saturday