Today's Slice of Life entry did not come as easily as the other three have. I started three different posts this morning, only to delete each one and start completely over. The first was about a hot air balloon landing in my front yard. I started that post at least three different times and each time it just didn't seem to flow so they were deleted. Then I started a post about these t-shirts that I have my students decorate with pictures as one of their first homework assignments. Nope, didn't like that one either, so it was deleted too. I then started a post about what makes you feel smart, which is something I asked my students on Friday to reflect on. Nope, that one didn't make the cut either, so it was deleted. I was feeling rather frustrated. The more I thought the harder it was to come up with a "slice" worthy idea.
I then began thinking of the student who sits and does nothing the entire thirty minutes they have to write or the student who starts a new story each day and never goes back to it. I also thought about the student who does everything to avoid writing. You know the one who sharpens her pencil five times. I could relate to all of these students this morning. After my struggles this morning I began reflecting about what I can do as a teacher to help students through these times? What environment to I need to establish in my classroom? What routines can I establish to help these students? Tomorrow I will look at these students from a new perspective and try some different strategies to engage and encourage their writing.