Today, I’m Slicing

This year.  It’s been hard, yes.  I’m mostly over my own version of the “Why-is-everything-so-much-harder” phase.

This year.  It’s been the year in my own life where I’ve started to say “life’s too short,” but actually do something about it.  I’m doing the workout.  I’m going to therapy.  I’m having the hard conversations.  I’m finding my voice where I didn’t before while also realizing when it’s time to be quiet.  Doing the right thing in the “it’s time to be quiet” moment is still a work in progress.

This year.  In my third grade classroom I’m working harder than ever but also letting go.  The lines around my precious subject based instructional times are dotted lines.  I’ve got to be more efficient and the students have to help.  So today, yes, you can work on math facts first thing while others do not.  And someone else can finish their writing while most do not.  My adult children might say “it’s a vibe” or something like that.  Or they would have two years ago and I’m maybe out of step (probably).

This year.  To slice it, or to slice.  For today, I’m slicing.  And for today, I’m committing to the 30 days.  And I hope and plan to continue to make that choice, because…this is good for me.  We will see what choice I make in the days ahead.

6 thoughts on “Today, I’m Slicing

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  1. So glad you sliced today! I was particularly struck by this line: “The lines around my precious subject based instructional times are dotted lines.” Dotted lines allow everyone to find a place. I will reflect on that line all day. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love your title and the theme of this post. I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist; however, i have to accept this writing challenge as just one word and then another. It seems to be a good motto for most of us who have lots on our “plates.”

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  3. I love the title. As someone who struggles with consistency, the last paragraph is super relatable. I hope you continue slicing and it continues to be good for you. Looking forward to reading more.

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  4. I am so glad that you are here and not “being quiet” in writing, at least. Doing the “right thing” for ourselves is difficult. I keep making excuses for some of the “right things” you are doing and now, I’m going to change that. Sometimes it’s just the small nudge from another Slicer that makes all the difference. Thanks, Tim.

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  5. This stuck with me: I’m finding my voice where I didn’t before while also realizing when it’s time to be quiet. Doing the right thing in the “it’s time to be quiet” moment is still a work in progress.
    I could learn lots from that…

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