31 Favorite Slices: A Bonus Slice of Life #sol18 32/31

As far as I can tell, 236 writers finished the March Slice of Life Challenge. That’s a lot of blog posts! I commented on 20+ posts a day but still didn’t come close to visiting each Slicer (a goal for next year’s challenge–visit every Slicer at least once.) Still, I read and loved a lot of Slices this month, and I wanted to do my part to amplify those voices and offer a little extra gratitude to the wonderful teacher-writers whose words have stuck with me all month. I tried to limit myself to just one post per Slicer. Here are 31 favorites (and please consider leaving a comment on the posts you read and enjoy!):

Caoimhe’s slice about her name was one of the very first slices I read in March and I knew then that I was in for a month of great reading. This is a mentor text strong enough to pair with Sandra Cisneros’s “My Name.”

Q&I wrote some crazy gorgeous pieces this month–lush, descriptive, eloquent. Her slices often explored motherhood, and this piece on being still and present as we hold a sleeping child beautifully captures the doing nothing and doing everything of parenting.

Amanda at Lessons Planned, Lessons Learned wrote so many pieces that stuck with me this month, but I especially loved her poem about a moment of failed compassion. She left me thinking about moments in my own life when I could have reached out and tried to connect with someone struggling–but didn’t.

The Apples in My Orchard spotted a cougar in the coulee–or did she? Hilarious post (with photos!) of the “cougar” roaming through the coulee.

Clare’s slices delved deeply into teaching, writing, motherhood, and reading and usually left me pondering for the rest of the day. The one about the boy who asks her Why would a mom leave? hit especially close to home for me.

Amy at The Way I See It writes a poem about a canine hot spot that you won’t forget. Such a funny glimpse into the mind of a dog!

Mrs Bruno Writes collects several memories of her love of books in this prose poem in praise of reading.

Pencil on my Back Porch wrote a provocative short poem about whether our writing can be truly honest when there is so much we choose not to write about: I Am Not Honest When I Write.

I tried so many times to write a poem or a letter in praise of my sweet old dog, Roxy, and I just couldn’t finish it. Tamara’s bittersweet piece about the high maintenance of old dogs expresses much of what I wanted to say. (Tamara also has so many amazing pieces about teaching and writing; just read them all!)

Writing Me Home wrote a gorgeous and kind letter to her reader, hoping for their comfort and expressing appreciation at their presence and attention.

Kathleen Sokolowski’s poem about how she became a reader got me thinking about how ardent readers are made and what applications our personal stories of becoming readers may have in our classrooms as we try to encourage and grow readers.

D at Nothing to See Here writes a powerful short poem about one of the most challenging things about writing: the attempt to capture a living moment in words.

I was so moved by this incredible piece on Depression by Art Teachers Do It for the Monet (hilarious blog title!) that I could not even find words to comment, but the piece has lived with me every day since I first read it.

ReadingTeachSu muses on why she became a teacher when that was never the career path she imagined for herself and how she will advise young people who ask if they should become teachers.

Elsie Tries Writing wrote several funny pieces this month (humor is so hard!), and I think the one on spam is my favorite. Just what treasures might await if we would only click and open those spam emails?

You will enjoy every post at Sherri’s Slice of Life Project, but I’m especially fond of her Go Outside! poem that expresses the beauty and wonder every parent hopes their child will experience outside in nature.

Teaching from an Empty Nest shared some amazing slices written by her second-graders. How I love those ducklings who are either excited or exiting!

There were many memorable slices about student protests this month, but Hearing the Feet at the Pavement at Slowing Down the Moments was my favorite.

Michelle at Literacy Learning Zone reminded me early in the month of the power of noticing and walking, preferably with a puppy at your side.

I’m warning you now: have the tissues handy for tendingbulbs’ gorgeous and heartbreaking poem about grief and loss, told through the stories of the birthday cards her grandmother sent her. (There are many more equally gorgeous pieces to discover at this blog, so consider reading around during your visit.)

Fran Haley’s How Do I Inspire Them? reminds us that we inspire our students when we lead with our own energy and passion for reading, writing, learning.

Mets Diaspora knocked my socks off with this pantoum (yes, PANTOUM!) written about his cat’s irritating and very catlike habit of waking him up at 2:00 a.m. Seriously. A pantoum!

I have loved and felt enriched by every post at TrinaNarrative this month, so it was hard to choose just one, but I find I have a soft spot for the lovely Writing Wellspring piece that poetically charts all of the different places writing hides.

I read several terrific letters to inanimate objects this month. One Word at a Time’s letter to yoga was one of the most heartfelt and memorable.

Ms Chiubooka Writes muses on how just the right cozy atmosphere, symbolized for her by Matcha Tea and Irish Soda Bread, her own favorite reading snacks, can inspire and motivate our students to read.

Amanda at Persistence and Pedagogy wrote so many pieces that dazzled me with their craft and seriously pushed my thinking as a teacher (and also really, really made me want to write!), but one that keeps sticking with me is her beautiful poem about dyslexia that tries to capture how hard reading is for her son.

Glenda explores some of the challenges of writing poetry and finding courage to write and then shares an incredibly powerful poem about her father.

There were many delightful reflections on slicing written throughout the month. I’m especially fond of Five Hundred a Day’s list of 20 observations.

I found Margaret’s blog so inspiring and sustaining this month. Really, all of her pieces have followed me through March. But I am especially fond of Word Collector.

Carol is one of my very favorite teacher bloggers, and she wrote so many rich and provocative pieces this year, as she does every year. It was hard to choose just one, but I think Bricks and Grout, about the little moments of relationship throughout the day that help us move our students to be readers (and writers and learners), is one of the most important this month.

Wonders All Around penned one of my favorite reflections on what can be discovered through a month of slicing.




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21 responses to “31 Favorite Slices: A Bonus Slice of Life #sol18 32/31”

  1. glenda funk Avatar
    glenda funk

    Thank you for including me in this collection. I’m humbled. I have some more posts to read, I see. I’ve been thinking about all the posts I missed. I know there are more I want and need to read. ❤️

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yes, so many that I have missed and want to read too. Such an incredible richness of writing that happens this month. I’ve thought about your poem every day since I first read it!

  2. Tamara Avatar

    What a gift this piece is, Elisabeth. Thank you for the shout out. And thank you for the fabulous resource of amazing posts to refer back to! This will keep me reading and thinking about next steps for a while.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      31 is really too many, it’s overwhelming, but I love the spaciousness of getting to choose 31 rather than a paltry 10!

  3. readingteachsu Avatar

    It took me two sittings as. Bird walked through other slices and posted some of them on Twitter. I’m humbled also that you would include me. It’s interesting which post caught your eye. I have read all of these some today and some during their pass through TWT. So many to love, so many so important. Go outside, Kathleen’s post on becoming a reader and Teaching from an empty nest post on 2nd grade slicing went directly to Twitter. The patoum and word collector posts went to my blog stash. I agree that I want to comment at least once to everyone next year is in my consciousness also. Thanks again. See you Tuesdays.

    1. Teachingnest87 Avatar

      Thank you for the Tweet!

    2. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I know that my interests as a reader were a little different this year–in previous years, I have liked the posts about personal lives the best, but this year I was really attracted to pieces about reading, writing, and teaching. So glad you shared some of these on Twitter. That was something I meant to do this year and only did a couple of times. Will make more of a point of it next year, as I know those posts do reach a few different readers that way.

  4. margaretsmn Avatar

    I am so disappointed that I put off my school work for today because I really just want to read this grand selection of slices. 20 a day is amazing. I only came close to that number on the comment challenge weekend. Thanks for including me in your collection. I’ll come back. I promise.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I so enjoyed revisiting all of these pieces to post them here! Of course there is then the dive into other pieces, as I realize I forgot to follow a few of these blogs and missed some wonderful posts. Hope you got all of your work prepared!

  5. Mel Marie Avatar

    I don’t think I’ve ever received an online shoutout before. This made my day, maybe my month. Thank you so much for reading, and for writing these beautiful words about mine. I too am inspired by your dedication to commenting, and will try to get my numbers up next year. I am already looking forward to doing this again. I didn’t get to post my ‘what this challenge meant to me’ in time for yesterday’s deadline, but it will be up very soon. I will also be reading your other favorites soon.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Your writing is really amazing. Many pieces you wrote were standouts to me this month. I am so glad you’ll be participating again–and do consider slicing throughout the year on Tuesdays!

  6. natashadomina Avatar

    What a gift you’ve given, both those of us whom you’ve mentioned in this post (that poem about my grandmother’s birthday cards was so hard to write–it means a lot to be recognized for it), and to those of us readers who didn’t get to read all the wonderful posts you’ve mentioned. I love this idea–there were so wonderful posts I read this month. Next year, I think I want to keep a list of my favorites so I can make this list, too. Thank you!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I forgot to follow your blog after I discovered it and so missed most of your posts this month but will return to read and comment. I skimmed through several of your pieces yesterday and your writing is phenomenal. I hope you’ll keep a list of favorites next year! Even reading as many as I do, I still miss so many pieces that I would want to read if someone just curated it and highlighted it for me.

  7. Teachingnest87 Avatar

    I am so honored and humbled to be included in this post. Thank you for recognizing the importance of working with some of our youngest writers. My SOL project with my 2nd graders has been an amazing experience, it was what led me to participate in the SOLSC for the first time this year. The challenge has helped me to grow both personally and professionally. The comments and support from the SOL community was so uplifting. I hope to comment more next year and I look forward to reading the posts you included here. Some I remember from the challenge, others will be a new gift I look forward to opening. Thank you!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      You are so welcome! I am so glad to have discovered your blog. The work you’re doing with young writers is so important!

  8. mschiubookawrites Avatar

    I am honored and humbled… thank you for reading and commenting. It made all the difference! I love the links to all the other slices and have added learning how to do this myself to my “to-ask-Sally-my-wonderful-colleague-who-introduced-me-to-slicing” list. Definitely tucking this format away in my back pocket for next year!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It’s very easy! (Though also very time-consuming!) I would love for you to save your favorites next year because I know it would be such a pleasure to read through the pieces you highlight. Even reading as widely as I can during the month, I still miss so many amazing pieces. I was also really torn about which of your posts to include because there were so many I loved. So glad you are writing and publishing and I really hope to see you on Tuesdays throughout the year!

  9. edifiedlistener Avatar

    Beyond being incredibly honored to have been included here, your amazing collection here stands as a tribute to so much in our lives that will remain unread. We simply will not get to read everything we might hope to but we can share and point others to things that we enjoyed and found valuable. I missed most of these posts but you’ve given me the chance to discover so much that flew under my radar. Thank you for this generous investment in community. It’s huge.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      This is lovely–thank you. I think I also have five of your posts bookmarked as my very favorites this month, so it was a challenge to select just one. You are an incredible writer. I hope you will continue slicing throughout the year, but if not, at least I now know where else to find you and learn from you online!

  10. luckygurl Avatar

    Thanks so much for including me in the list, but even more, thanks for compiling it!! Looking forward to exploring these posts more this week!

  11. Amanda Regan Avatar
    Amanda Regan

    Thank you for including me in your list. I am honored. Your comments were always appreciated and helped keep me going. I am in total amazement that you were able to comment on 20+ posts a day. I fell quite short of that number and now that the frenzy of writing and posting daily is past, I look forward to going back and reading more. Your list gives me a great place to start!

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