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Two Writing Teachers
I think most of us are teachers or have been involved in education in some way. Remember when a new student would arrive in your classroom? More than likely you paired them up with a "buddy student" who would "show them the ropes" and try to make them feel welcomed.
When I first started slicing last summer, I felt like that new kid in school. I was going someplace new. I was nervous and I knew no one. Katherine at Read, Write, Reflect inspired me to start blogging. But is was Elsie and Linda who were my "buddy students." They were regular commenters and welcomed me with open arms...even if they were virtual arms.
After a few months went by, I began building friendships and connections through weekly slices. Those new friends were Jaana, Julie, Michelle H., Michelle N. Amy, Julieanne and Terje and so many others. Who would have thought that something as simple as sharing a story could lead to this?
During Christmas I was nominated for a sunshine award. Most of the bloggers who inspired me were already chosen, so I decided to reach out to new bloggers or new-to-me bloggers. Making those connections to new slicers was important to me because of the way I felt when I was new.
This March Challenge has been incredible. The one disappointment I have (which is actually a good thing!) is that there are so many new slicers, and I have not had the time to regularly read and comment on their slices. I have not had the time to really get to know them. That is the part of me that wishes it wasn't the end - still so much more to read.
To those of you who started slicing during the March Challenge for the first time, I hope you continue to slice on Tuesdays when the pace is much slower. I hope you received the encouragement you need to continue writing. I hope you continue to share your stories and build relationships within this community. Starting my blog and finding TWT is simply the best.
Thank you Stacey, Tara, Dana, Betsy, Beth and Anna for all you do to make Two Writing Teachers possible. Thank you to the support team who has helped make the March Challenge possible.
It has been a wonderful journey!