Tag Archives: Slice of Life

Lessons From The Trenches of The Slice of Life Challenge

It’s been a crazy month.  Crazy.  Why?  Because both I and my students have been participating in the Slice of Life Challenge dreamed up by the amazing ladies at Two Writing Teachers.  To sum it up: write everyday, comment on … Continue reading

Posted in 2.0 Tools, Active Literacy, Collaboration, iPad, Slice of Life, Technology, Writer's Workshop | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

Stop Motion Time!

  My Clementine from Katie Muhtaris on Vimeo. I recently made this stop motion video for the Slice of Life challenge and quite a few people were asking me how they might create one as well.  Let me tell you … Continue reading

Posted in 2.0 Tools, Apps for Education, Interesting, iPad, Slice of Life, Writer's Workshop | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Reflections, Directions, and Writing Workshop

I’m writing this prequel to my slice after I’ve finished because I realize that this snippet of my day may make it sound like I’m some kind of strict directions Nazi that lives to stifle children’s innate creativity.  I promise … Continue reading

Posted in Self Reflection, Writer's Workshop | Tagged , , , , | 21 Comments

The Power of Gooooozfraba

“On the website it says to use a minimum of three sources and a minimum is usually a C so to get an A….” I pressed my lips together and closed my eyes inhaling deeply through my nose.  The student … Continue reading

Posted in Classroom Environment, Self Reflection, Slice of Life | Tagged | 9 Comments

The Power of Words: Lessons from #NCTE13

Teaching is the sort of profession that can wear you down.  You don’t notice it happening.  It might start with an extra cup of coffee and the next thing you know you’re crawling into bed at 8pm wondering what happened … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life | Tagged | 11 Comments

Putting Competition to Good Use

This year my class seems to have a competitive streak.  It’s not all of the students, of course, but enough of them to significantly impact the community.  It’s a fine line that I walk between motivating kids and teaching them … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life, Uncategorized | Tagged | 7 Comments

Back to School!

My stomach was in a knot as I pulled the big box of diapers out of the back of the car.  M smiled happily at me as I undid the belts of her carseat.  Today would be her first day … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life | Tagged | 7 Comments

Taking Time To Write

The Slice of Life challenge is hosted at http://www.twowritingteachers.wordpress.com. I will be blogging my slices on my writing blog Coffee Fueled Musings. Every year I participate in the Slice of Life Challenge hosted by Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing … Continue reading

Posted in Writer's Workshop | Tagged | 1 Comment

When Things Go Wrong: How Do You React?

I had a long day yesterday, so I decided to do something nice for myself and got to a yoga class between school and the marathon meeting that I had to attend last night.  Although I go to yoga at … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life | Tagged | 7 Comments

Slice of Life Challenge-Happy Slicing Eve!

For the last five years Stacey and Ruth at Two Writing Teachers have hosted a yearly month-long Slice of Life challenge.  This challenge is near and dear to my heart.  It’s where I really entered the world of blogging.  Starting … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life | Tagged | 5 Comments

Just Breathe: A Slice of Life

    The weekly Slice of Life is hosted at Two Writing Teachers.  Please join me.         Breathe in, breathe out The air in the room is crackling with excitement and stress. “When are the tests?” “Next … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life | Tagged | 8 Comments

Raisin Toast and Cottage Cheese

The weekly Slice of Life is held at Two Writing Teachers.  Join me! I had raisin toast with cottage cheese for breakfast this morning.  Warm crispy raisin toast dripping with butter.  Thick creamy cottage cheese. Mmmmmmm…… Growing up we would … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life | Tagged | 7 Comments

15 Days

It’s Slice of Life Tuesday!  To read more Slices of Life or participate in the weekly slice of life writing community please visit Two Writing Teachers. We’ve been in school for 15 days.  I’ve had vacations longer than that.  15 … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life | Tagged | 8 Comments

Hello Morning

Hello Morning. I missed you. With your blazing red sky and faint toast smell. Your sleepy eyed shuffle to the espresso machine. Eager dog greeting me, wagging for his breakfast. The refrigerator hums as if to say, good morning, I … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life | Tagged | 8 Comments

Day 14: A Slice of Life

Today was the first day the students were actually “back to school.”  Ok, I didn’t quite make my 15 days before the first day….hey, I tried.  It was a good day.  An exhausting day, but a good day.  Let’s zoom … Continue reading

Posted in Back To School, Slice of Life | Tagged | 11 Comments

Everyone Should Take The Time For A Coffee

I pour the freshly brewed espresso gently over the ice.  It crackles and resettles itself as the deep dark liquid oozes between the icy cracks.  A quick dash of sugar.  A splash of milk.  I stir it slowly with the … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life | Tagged | 9 Comments

Wag more, bark less

Wag more bark less is a slightly famous slogan found on doggie related products. It’s also my theme for the summer. There’s a lot of barking going on in the education world right now. I’m choosing to spend my summer … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | 6 Comments

A Slice of Tuesday

It’s cool, not cold. Sunny, not raining…for a change. I’m maintaining my inner peace today. Although chaos abounded at school today, I was a still pool inside.   It was like a I was in a weird non emotional state of … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life | Tagged | 6 Comments

The Calm Before The Storm

This morning is perfect.  Birds chirping, a soft breeze that promises to bring a bit of warm air our way, and a forecast calling for 70 and sunny later today.  I go through my morning routines in the classroom.  Turn … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life | Tagged | 5 Comments

A Sip Of Coffee

What is the first thing you when you get up in the morning? One of the first things on my morning list, after cuddling with the dog, is to make coffee.  I used to brew an entire pot.  I would … Continue reading

Posted in Slice of Life | Tagged | 10 Comments