Tuesday, October 25, 2011

SOLS: Why I Write

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Why write?
Wow! Such a simple question 
with so many possible answers. 

I write for me. 
I write to capture a moment. 
I write to struggle through the process 
so that I can teach my students and 
help them find their voice.

Why do you write?  Here's what a couple of friends said:

Lucky for me!  I won this poster from the  Stenhouse Blog!

Monday, October 17, 2011

SOLS: Making Connections?

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As I sat down to read next to a second grader, I was surprised by his initial thoughts of the photograph on the cover of the book:

"This reminds me of my grandma," Brian said pointing to the crocodile head.

"Oh.  Really?  Tell me more."  I had to hear more of his thinking!  I'm thinking he's going to tell me about her dry, wrinkly skin or the yellow, gnarly teeth.

"Well, she's kinda grouchy," he stated matter-of-factly.

We are learning about making connections.  Not the type of connection that is going to help us better understand the text, but I have to give Brian credit:  He's thinking about his reading . . . and he made me smile!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SOLS: Just Do It

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It's only thirty minutes
and it gives me time

To think
To write in my head
To plan my to-do list
To be by myself.

It's only thirty minutes
and it is worth it

To get up a little early
To start the day off right
To be energized
To just breathe.

It's only thirty minutes
and I just need to do it

To relieve stress
To get my heart pumping
To feel healthier
To feel alive.

It's only thirty minutes
and it's time to exercise.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

SOLS: Almost . . . a Celebration

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Last week was a celebration!  The BIG 100 blog posts!
          (Hands in the air! Wave 'em like I just don't care!)

Well, almost.
          (Arms down. Smile to a frown.)

Ok.  So, I thought I was celebrating my 100th blog post last week.  As I read the glorious congratulatory comments, my eyes drifted to the left-hand side of my blog.  A huge

2011 (95)

screamed out at me.
          (Bug eyes in total surprise!)

Apparently, I have written 100 posts, but only published 95.  I'm kinda, like, short of that 100 mark.
          (Shaking head in disappointment.)

Yep, celebrated prematurely.  Hope that's not bad luck or anything . . .

But . . . now, I've got myself wondering about those five secret posts that I wrote, but never published.
          (A Secret Slice of Life?)