Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Slice of Life: OWL - Choice

I am excited to join Two Writing Teachers for Tuesday Slice of Life writing community. I love the summer when I have time to slow down and read the different slices.  The power of comments mean so much to me, and I try and to pay it forward during summer.

Today’s Slice of Life is about my OLW – choice!  I have been explaining my choices to my family a lot lately.  Several times not complaining just inquiring “Mom why are you reading that book?”  “Which twitter chat are you doing now?”  “When does you summer vacation start?”  "Tell me again when are you leaving?"

My choices are centered on what I enjoy in the summer.  Long early morning walks, gardening, slow paced breakfast, and almost always time to check on newly posted blog posts. I explain numerous times that I enjoy reading professional books and taking notes.  It is fun to read blog posts and learn along with colleagues from around the country. This is the time when my Goodreads becomes my best friend, and I totally love reading  books to be ready to book talk in the fall.   

My summer professional life kicks into high gear starting this week and will continue for the next several. I am super excited about my choices for my upcoming professional development.
  • Google training and sharing about my 5th grade classroom with Dublin Colleagues  this week check out #dubchat
  •  #Allwrite14 starts tomorrow evening and goes through Friday (watch twitter for my learning along with several super smart colleagues)
  •  Choice Literacy Writing Retreat is the following week: a highlight with rich conversations about how to grow as a writer and the best part –time to write.
  • nERDcamp MI:  second week of July which is my first nERDcamp, and I am going with MS friends thanks to Gretchen for including me.
As you can see, I am going to be super busy by choice and continue my professional learning.  After that we have a short family vacation planned, so my blogging will be pretty sporadic for the next three to four weeks. I am extremely grateful for an amazing family that supports me and my OLW.


  1. Sounds like you are ready to roll! Have a great summer, and I'll catch you here on Tuesdays!

  2. Sounds like you have made some great choices. Lots of learning and fun. Enjoy.

  3. Can I come, can I come?? Sounds like fun to me!

  4. I totally relate. My daughter couldn't understand me when I told her I missed her each day going to KMWP. She asked, "Well, then, why do you go?" I told her that I need to learn and grow and rejuvenate in the summer in ways other than relaxing, but that I couldn't wait for time with her and time at the beach. Balance is difficult--perhaps impossible. But finding the sacred in all things--that is my goal. On that note, this is the last blog to reply to right now--I hear the sound of my kids dribbling the basketball out front.

  5. Yeah...I want to come along, too! I love the sound of your summer pace - and all the learning you include. Choice - you make great choices, my friend. I'm heading to Boothbay on Sunday - Linda Rief, Kylene Beers, Penny Kittle, Donalyn Miller &.... my slice of heaven.

  6. I am so, so jealous of all that PD! I committed to taking it easy on PD this summer... but I hope one of my future summers will look like yours!