I believe being a writer is one of the biggest gifts you can give to your students. ~ Stacey Shubitz
This month I am participating in the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for creating a space for me to share my corner of the world.
March is a time when we look and notice with a keen eye. We notice small moments, and we look for stories of the past and of the everyday. We wonder about the ordinary and marvel at the extraordinary. We open our notebooks...
and yes, we steal ideas from others!
As is the case with today's slice. I found this idea on Pinterest, but the idea is a 2013 slice from Elsie at Elsie Tries Writing who took the idea from Alan at Living Life Twice. (See what I mean about stealing!)
Today's slice - a snipped poem - started out like this. I cut words and phrases from magazines. (I have to admit, this became a little addicting.)
After snipping, I began arranging and rearranging the words, grouping them together to form ideas. I found that I had several different threads, but when put together, just didn't make sense. After further arrangements, I began to see a common thought merge from the menagerie of snippets.
What I found was a sort of rally cry. I know teachers who question if teaching is what they want to be doing for the rest of their lives. I know teachers are approaching the testing season and wonder if they have done enough. I know teachers are exhausted, yet need to make it through these last few months of the school year.
This poem is for all of us, to help us realize we have important work to do and to encourage us to carry on.
I found the strength to do what I
making a difference,
to give others hope,
Oh, I wish...
the challenge ahead
doesn't have to mean
Don't just live -- give something wonderful,
a change for the better,
Brave hearts --
you can make it.
Today is your day!