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Sunday, March 23, 2014

SOLSC #23: Lazy Sunday



WRITE. Every day in March write a slice of life story on your own blog.
SHARE. Link your post in the comments on each daily call for a slice of life stories TWT.
GIVE. Comment on at least three other slice of life stories.

I've been having a very lazy Sunday. It's been nice though - I haven't had time to do this in such a long time! I ran to the store for some groceries, but aside from that, mostly just watching TV and taking naps. As anyone who is a teacher knows, time to relax and recharge like this is absolutely necessary to carry on with the work we do every day with students!




Well, lazy Sunday yes, but lazy thoughts....no. I've been doing a lot of thinking today as I was laying around! Here's a few things that have been going through my mind:

1. When you're a writer, one of your best sources of inspiration is what you read. I follow lots of teacher blogs and read lots of teacher books. One of my favorite teacher blogs is one written anonymously that is absolutely hilarious. I wish I was funny enough to write like this, but today, over at Love, Teach, she wrote about her love affair with cardigans. It's just such great content and also super funny. Anyways, I love reading that blog and it's a certainty that I get a good laugh each time!

2. Also concerning writing: I really really did not want to write today. I wonder if I'm going to be feeling like this every day until the end of the challenge? As I mentioned yesterday, it's definitely not for a lack of ideas, but just the build up to actually sit down and get to it. I seriously looked at my computer tons of times and thought, "Nah. I'll do it later." Well, then after enough time I just had to get to it. I just don't want this blog to become this thing that I *have* to do. I want it to be how it has been for the last six or eight months where I love writing! I really did not know if I would learn anything through this Slice of Life Story Challenge, but I have, and it's that writing is hard work!




3. I read another blog today here about standardized testing. We just finished our ISATs here in Illinois and I'm glad they are donezo. (dunzo?) (Love using nonsense words as I write!) I have some definite opinions about them...and don't want to get into that now, but I'm glad the principal who was writing this blog shared his belief that state testing does not measure everything. I'm glad that in that blog post he mentioned that as his staff worked on their vision and mission statements, they talked about educating the whole child. The fact is, these tests do not measure the whole child - do not measure social - emotional skills or if children have favorite books and authors. They do not measure if we are creating good people who care about others and know they can do to make their world a better place. Anyways, while I'm glad we will soon have an accountability piece that is consistent across all states with the CCSS, I'm glad that I'm not the only one who sees that there are some definite flaws in the system.

Additionally, I'm currently reading Holding on to Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones: Six Literacy Principals worth Fighting For, so I will report back after I finish!




Anyways, it's been a lazy Sunday in some regards, but not so much with my thoughts. Sometimes I wish I could just shut them down and not give them even a minute or a second, but I just have too many ideas bouncing around up there.

Thankfully, I have all of you to share them with! :-)

Happy Sunday!

4 comments:

  1. Happy lazy Sunday to you! I think you got lots accomplished, especially in the thinking department. I'm glad our ISATs are donezo as well (boo to standardized testing!)

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  2. Glad you are enjoying your Sunday! Hope you have a relaxing and fun week! We still have one more week to go!

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  3. You are absolutely right, recharging is an absolute necessity. I also enjoy some TV and good nap on a Sunday afternoon. It's hard to find a balance between what we feel we should do and what we know will do the trick for getting us through the next week.

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