When I began this challenge, I took a leap of faith as I made a commitment to “write” daily. Some days, my writing ideas came easily to my mind when I was driving to school. On these occasions, I would jot a few remarks in my notes application when stopped at a red light, always making sure this was brief so I was ready to be a courteous, safe driver. This quick stop and jot was a precaution, as I did not want the idea to be lost when I arrived and began the hustle of bustle of being a first grade teacher, often not taking a moment to pause.
On the days that I was able to begin a paragraph or two in the morning, I felt like I was ahead of the game on this writing challenge. Other days, I taught, played with my daughter, made dinner, cleaned house and did not open my laptop until my final hours of the day. On occasion, I feared that I would fall asleep before getting my daily slice published. A few times, I was stuck and did not know what I was going to say. On the weekends, I would sneak away in the afternoon to a quiet empty bedroom to compose my slice for the day. Other nights, I typed while NCAA basketball games were on in the background.
As I look back at the challenge, I wrote when I was able to, not at an exact time or place each day. I also found that some days my thoughts came more easily when typing on my phone instead of on a larger screen. It’s ironic that I never actually picked up a pencil, pen or marker to write, which is very different than writing looks in my classroom. The freedom to choose when, where and how I would write gave me ownership as a writer. It reminds me that in my classroom, writers need choice, which could include, where they work, when we write and what tools they use to write. I wonder if a reluctant afternoon writer, may have more enthusiasm to write first thing in the morning. I wonder if the kid struggling to write in his desk chair, would write more under a desk or in a corner of our classroom.
Aside from the logistics of being a writer everyday, I put in a lot of thought to determine the topics I would filter and share with a larger audience of writers. Topics I thought I may touch on prior to the challenge, I kept to myself. Other days, I shared a small moment of my day that may have been insignificant to someone else, but eye opening for me. On days I received comments, I was encouraged to continue to share and write my thoughts, as I was feeling supported as a writer. For 31 days, I grew as a writer and a teacher of writing.
Hip, hip, hooray, completing my first March of slices feels really nice.