Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Slice of Life: The challenge of getting started

Every Tuesday, the writing community of Two Writing Teachers hosts Slice of Life. All are welcome to participate by linking up posts or commenting on other participants. 

Full disclosure: this is the third start of a blog post I've made. I've started one about contrasting yesterday, the last day of vacation, with today, my first day back at work in 2018. I've started on about my daughter's yoga class. I've deleted both. Do you ever do that? Start posts and get stuck on them? Start posts and think who is ever going to read this? Start posts and then think why on earth will anyone care about this? 

At our yoga class, our instructor says that one of the hardest things to do is to get there. Maybe that's sort of like writing. Maybe we just have to start--commit to it--get ourselves going-- and once we get enough on the page, we are more compelled to keep it. 

At school today, I watched a classroom of third-grade students writing and writing their information pieces. One child, a little girl who struggles and strives with her writing, had a hard time getting going, even though she knew what she was going to write. Tomorrow, I can tell her that I know exactly how she feels. That sometimes the toughest thing we do is just getting those first few words down on the page because once we do, we can use those words to lead us along.

Happy Writing, and Happy 2018,


  1. Melanie,
    I am there with you as I could have written your post. I am forever second guessing my slices.
    Note that I just posted my slice 10 minutes ago - because...

  2. And this is exactly why we have little folks write with flair markers so they cannot erase nor delete. Write something. Write two or three somethings. Everything does not have to go to publication . . . and YET, we really have a hard time with NOT publishing everything. We have to be honest with children. Writing is often hard!
    Happy 2018!

  3. I always think daily writing in March is easier in some ways. Taking a break gets me out of routines. Really important to realize and scaffold for our students. Glad to connect -- Happy New Year!

  4. Your post about starting and restarting reminds me of something I saw on Pete Souza's Instagram. Allow me to share it with you (rather than ruining it with my meager description): https://www.instagram.com/p/BdeSrTOleqI/?taken-by=petesouza.

  5. Your post makes me reflect on my own teaching but also my grad life. I teach first grade, and sometimes I have students that struggle getting started. I give them ideas, word banks, and sentence frames but they still continue to sit there, which often times frustrates me. However, when I think about my own grad homework responsibilities, I usually have a hard time getting started as well. Especially when it comes to writing papers, but once I get started, I am usually good to go. I am not sure why I have never connected my own struggles with my students' struggles. Thank you for making me reflect and make that connection. I will make sure to keep this in mind as I continue to work with students in writing.