All the Reasons

slice of life

Dinner

Homework

Lessons plans

Baseball practice

Play practice

Laundry

Laundry 

Laundry

Lunch boxes

School clothes

All the reasons why I don’t have the time

Staring at me, scolding me, defeating me

But all I need is just need one reason

One reason to stay

One reason to try

One reason why

I should be here.

…………….

We’ve had our fair share of days during the last two weeks when slicing hasn’t fit nicely into the schedule. Baseball season started, PARCC testing happened, our kids were sick, then we were sick, end of year paperwork (already!), PD days, and days when just didn’t feel like it.  All the reasons why this challenge was too hard were pretty convincing at times.

We’ve been thinking a lot about challenge and struggle. And we think it’s good. It’s been good for us, and we know it’s good for our students too. There is real joy in hard work and accomplishment, and this is something we must impart to the young learners in our classrooms.

It’s okay to say,

This is going to be hard. You might not feel good about it right away. You may get it wrong a few times. But, you’re going to keep trying, and I’m going to keep helping you.

This is going to be hard, but you will do it. 

And you’ll be so happy when you do. 

We are very glad that we joined the Slice of Life Community this year. After a month of writing daily, we have a lot of reasons why we’re looking forward to March 2016.  Congratulations to everyone on your hard work. What an accomplishment!

What a joy.

For all of the day’s Slice of Life stories head to Two Writing Teachers.

~ Jen and Darla

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