Saturday, April 4, 2015

Celebrating the Slice of Life Classroom Challenge in a Poem

Discover. Play. Build.

 I'm so happy that Ruth Ayres started a Celebrate Link-Up on her blog!!!
Thank you Margaret Simon for encouraging us to link up poetry this month using the hashtag #digipoetry.  Also, thank you Leigh Anne Eck for creating a button for us to use.
Today I'm going to combine Celebration Saturday with National Poetry Month to celebrate the Slice of Life Classroom Challenge, sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.  I'm going to use lines from my students' slices talking about what the challenge meant to them to create a poem.

Slice of Life Classroom Challenge Celebration
First, the hard parts...
Truly a challenge
You have to work hard to get a reward
I have writer's block at times, and it stinks!
Tried hard
Mentally difficult
Sometimes I almost forgot
Sounded crazy
I was a little worried I couldn't keep up
Thinking of ideas was really hard at first
Big problem: writer's block!
Boy, was that hard!
It has been a rough ride
I was too tired to post
Your mind goes blank
I was not thrilled,
but my parents made me do it.
Our days are so busy that just writing a
simple slice turns into a monstrous boulder.
But it paid off...
Made me think more creatively
I wrote every day - phew!
I can't believe this is the end of the challenge!
I was inspired to do this challenge by my OLW, inspire
Great way to improve writing skills
I think that I have become a better writer
Wrote about more serious topics than I would discuss with people
I was shocked I was able to do that
and can't wait to do it next year!
Kept me writing every day
A learning experience
When I write about my memories,
it helps me remember them - it helps me
remember all the fun things I've done
If the Challenge did anything, it showed me
the power of the pen, showed the importance of writing
This challenge has been super fun
Used every single idea
on my list of things to write about
Expanded our thinking ability
Loved reading other people's posts
Thinking about many ideas
A huge thank you to Mrs. Mueller for approving and reading
all of our slices and comments - that is a lot of work
Each day cut out time for writing
I am lucky to do this challenge
Made me think deeper and
write with more passion
I really appreciate you guys helping me through
this challenge - to all the people reading and commenting
Accomplished a huge goal
I never thought I'd be able to make it
Finished challenge strong
All my hard work paid off
Helped me with my typing skills
I learned a lot about myself
Can't believe I didn't just give up
I am proud of everyone
I think we all grew as writers
It feels good to carry out your goal
A huge shout out to everyone!
I think it's fun to respond to a slice
I like to read what other people think of my slice
It's crazy that so many people accomplished Level 5!
Mrs.Mueller did a good job motivating kids
Do you think Mrs. Mueller will have enough food
for all of us Level 5ers and 4ers?
I didn't know I was this interesting!
There is a sense of closure, of leaving something behind
The S.O.L Challenge has brought us all closer together
This is who I am, this is my Slice of Me.


  1. Wonderful slices of your students! Thank you for sharing them. I hope you share this with them as well!

  2. Oh Holly, it is so creative! What an amazing way to capture the feelings of your writers! What a celebration!

  3. I love how the poem comes from your students!!! So creative and thoughtful and reflective!! WOW!!!!

  4. I love what you did, Holly. I am so proud of my students who even continued posting on our spring break. I should have said something on my post! We'll have a big celebration next week! I love each line, but this one really pleases: "I didn't know I was this interesting!" So wonderful to hear, isn't it?

  5. This is really great! Thanks for sharing it here. Student voice is so wonderful.

  6. Fist? or First?
    Now, I think you meant 'first' but when I read "fist," I had this mental image of a raised fist in celebration, or a virtual fist-bump.
    If so, well ... virtual fist-bump back to you ....
    And do you have food for us, too?
    Love the voices of all the students as collaborative found poem ...

    1. Ha! Oops - I meant "first." Corrected it! ;-) We're going to have a great big pizza and cake celebration. Come on over!!

  7. Look at those reflections! Everything I felt too ... bravo to all your writers! So much to celebrate!

  8. Popping out at me Holly is this line: it showed me the power of the pen, showed the importance of writing. You must be so proud of your students for what they accomplished. You gave them a sense of audience and allowed their creativity to soar.

  9. Yee Hah! Celebrating slices. Give your kids a shout out from me!