This morning I blearily entered the cafeteria for a day of professional development. Looking ahead to a long day jam packed with information. I was feeling a bit sluggish.
Since I had arrived early I took a moment to open my personal email. I could see I had been tagged in a Facebook message that said:
F decided to bring her Slice of Life Notebook, Diana Marc-Aurele!
It was written by a parent whose child was off on an adventure today. This brought a smile to my face as I imagined my fifth grader toting her notebook around looking for stories.
I moved on to my school email where I discovered a few notifications from Kidblog letting me know a few students had submitted posts for my approval. Hmmmm… I thought now that is pretty cool. I hadn’t assigned it but a few kids were using their extra day off to work on slices.
My day moved on and as predicted it was a long day full of important information but by the end my brain was fried. Tonight as I settled in I found more posts were waiting for approval. As I read them, my tired brain perked up a bit. The student slices have taken on a new quality. They are digging a little deeper and writing more descriptively. They are engaged and choosing to do this writing. This thrills me!
I am seeing growth but the best part is I am really just enjoying their stories and getting an insight into their lives outside of school that I might have missed otherwise.
Slicing provides us with the opportunity to travel into the lives of our students and our colleagues from across the country and I think that is special.