Yesterday we began the Slice of Life Challenge in my classroom of second and third graders. They were writing furiously for almost half an hour. If we had started this early in the year, it would be wearing thin by now. The timing of this idea is brilliant, just when things have become too routine we get a challenge and see colorful prizes awaiting us at the end of the month. The second graders actually wrote much longer than the third graders. I have high hopes for next year and anticipate it even more knowing this great group of learners.
On the home front, my daughter called me after her first teachers conference. She attended two interesting presentations and wanted to discuss them. It gives me great happiness to be able to share these things with her!