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Slice of Life 21: Ten Things

I still need to write lesson plans for tomorrow because I’ll be out for a technology meeting, so this post will be less of a reflection and more of a list. So in no particular order, here are 10 things that happened today:

  1. At 5 a.m., after proofreading my draft from the night before, I finished my blog post for Moving Writers. Then I finished writing a test I was giving in a few hours.
  2. I sat in on a focus group studying the question of whether or not we should get rid of midterm exams, or at least rethink the way they are structured.
  3. File_000 (25)I changed out the books on the display in my classroom library. Last week, I discovered that the 2017-18 nominations list for the PYRCA (PA Young Readers Choice Awards) was out, and thanks to Amazon Prime, the books were in my hands yesterday and on display today. It feels good to have new books.
  4. Just before class started, one of my students returned a book she had borrowed. “Did you finish it already?” I asked. She did—and she loved it. She loved it so much, in fact, that she recommended to two of her friends, who are now both reading it. The book? The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (if you haven’t already, here’s a great NY Times piece about the book).
  5. A parent emailed to tell me how wonderful it was to get a text from her daughter asking her to pick up a book she wanted to read for pleasure.
  6. I celebrated #3 and #4 by texting two of my best teacher friends (this is what teachers get excited about!).
  7. It took twice as long to get home tonight because a duck—a duck!—was walking down the middle of the turnpike. Several cars had slowed to drive next to the duck, to escort it, so that it wouldn’t be accidentally run over. After I passed, in my rearview mirror I saw a car stop, pull into the left lane, and a person get out the car (I’m assuming to help the duck). There are good people in the world.
  8. While in traffic, I listened to a great Cult of Pedagogy podcast, “Four Ways Teachers Can Help Students of Color,” which includes an interview with TED speaker, educator, and activist Dena Simmons on how to help students of color (I highly recommend it).
  9. Because I was late, my six-year-old was mad at me because he and his brothers were the last ones left at their after-school prep program when I picked them up.
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    I love the decorations hanging from the restaurant’s ceiling.

    I made up for it by taking them out for an impromptu dinner date at a local Vietnamese restaurant. The boys each ordered their favorites: pho and shrimp fried rice, with some strawberry bubble tea as an extra sweet treat. It was a good dinner, and not just because of the food.  As I sat with them tonight, I realized something: the boys have grown up to be pleasant people to be around. Perhaps I’m a little biased, but I’m not sure if everyone can say that about their six- and nine-year-olds. As the boys told me about their days, eyes gleaming, I felt grateful for how they’ve turned out so far. They’re good kids, I thought, which is really all anyone can ask for. And I am the luckiest person in the world that they’re mine.

It’s amazing the things that can happen in a day (a duck!)—and it’s only Tuesday.

slice of lifeThis post is part of the Slice of Life Challenge, hosted by Two Writing Teachers, who have created a space for writers and teachers of writers to come together. To learn more about this challenge, click here.


  1. Tricia, a duck?! That is hilarious and affirming that people help and are good. I loved your list. I love, particularly, that you shared that text with me. You are amazing and I am so happy to know you. And yes, I’d say it’s a reflection of their awesome mother that your boys are pleasant company. Kudos!


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