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SOLSC: Collaboration - 6/31

The Slice of Life Story Challenge 
is hosted by the Two Writing Teachers.

Collaborating with YOU

If YOU are reading this, then YOU should know that I am talking about YOU!

I've been thinking a lot lately about the writing, sharing, teaching, you-name-it collaborative community that I have recently started participating in that also includes YOU.  I could not even begin to extrapolate the process of how I stumbled upon the TWT blog.  I just know that once I found it, I realized it was meant to be, and I became a devoted follower and an inspired blogger and writer, like YOU.

Three years ago, I completed my master's degree in reading and earned my reading specialist certificate.  I thought I was knowledgeable of the latest and greatest literacy research and technologies.  Was I ever wrong!  I cannot even believe that before 2011, I didn't know that all of YOU existed!

YOU have so much to offer and share!  YOU have so many great ideas, book suggestions, effective teaching strategies, and ways to incorporate technology.  I'm amazed every day by the knowledge and experience that I am acquiring exponentially from YOU.

I've jumped into this PLN with YOU trying not to make a big splash, trying carefully to wade and stay afloat.  Each and every day, I come out dripping with so much more that I can take back to my classroom and share with others as well.  Thank YOU!

Today I am celebrating YOU, my new e-colleagues, and a future together collaborating!


  1. Michelle,
    Community is a wonderful thing and Ruth and Stacey share a rich and wonderful blog. I have been slicing with them every March and most Tuesdays during the year and it's a great place for sharing, so welcome, YOU are in a great place!

  2. This is my second year participating on the TWT blog. Like you, I stumbled upon it and realized what a gem I had found. My school mandates PLCs but I find the ones I come to on my own are often much more powerful. This group of writers who ebb and flow as their time permits are just right for me too. Everyone is welcome and encouraged...the ideas and comments are worthy of my time. Thank YOU for saying it all so eloquently.

  3. I too love this blog & all that it offers me. I began with slicing on Tuesdays. This is my first March challenge. I so look forward to learning & collaborating with you as well! Thank you!

  4. I love the connection with the comments. The support and encouragement is incredible. If I don't check the postings on TWT every day (prior to challenge), I feel like my day isn't complete. I am addicted.

  5. I love the blog and how open and supporting everyone is. I have gained so much confidence as I interact here. Thank you.

  6. What a wonderful post. YOU are right, we must acknowledge how amazing this online community is. I cannot say enough good things about it.

  7. I'm addicted too. I think it speaks to the isolation teachers sometimes feel when they are trying to implement writer's workshop. My notebook is already exploding with ideas and new thinking. Your line about trying to wade and stay afloat totally sticks with. As I was reading, I thinking, yes, yes, I feel the same way!

  8. You are right about the importance of collaboration. I find reading the slices here inspire me: in terms of ideas, formats and new thinking.

  9. Wow, you made me feel special. Thanks.
    You are right, I have grown so much in my knowledge of writing and teaching writing. A wonderful experience.

  10. Thank you for the wonderful post. It is so exciting to be surrounded by inspirational teachers who share their craft. I just discovered this e-community and am so excited. Happy posting!

  11. I'm with Wanda - the PLC's I've found on the internet provide as rich an experience as the ones I participate in face to face.

  12. I love this post-- you are right, it's about collaboration and learning together! Thank you for this inspiring post.

  13. Hi Michelle,
    I agree with you! There is so much out there that I don't know about. Every day I marvel at how much there is to learn. It's exhilarating and scary at the same time. I love to read and discover new ideas that jar my own thinking. It makes me a better person and a better teacher to be constantly learning all the time. I just can't imagine why everyone isn't doing it and, worse yet, why some teachers eschew it??


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