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Today I…

I’m not one to resort to a form slice so early on in the challenge. These are typically reserved for those days when I have nothing left in the tank but need to eke out a slice. Using a format for a day 2 slice is unheard of for me, but I can’t settle on just one idea for a slice today. My day was frenetic and nonstop, so this format fits perfectly.

Today I, along with the Grade 5 team, introduced the PYP Exhibition to the Junior School faculty, sharing our excitement about this upcoming culminating experience that will see our Grade 5 students taking ownership over their learning. We have made some interesting changes to this year’s Exhibition that we hope will result in a better experience for the students. One of our changes is that we’ve decided to do the Exhibition outside of the Programme of Inquiry, as a seventh unit, which will give students more agency over what they choose to explore.

Today I led four grade level planning meetings, where we continued to flesh out the Grade 1’s new unit in which students will inquire into ways people learn about the past, historical evidence, fossils, and the importance of preserving and learning from the past. We discussed ways the Grade 3 students could take action in their unit of inquiry all about how water is essential to life, how it’s a limited resource, and conflicts that arise over water. As a collective action, we are planning a water walk to raise money and awareness for the water crisis in South Sudan; we will donate the money to build a well. The students will also take individual action in their cause groups as a result of their research. In Junior Kindergarten, we discussed the transition of one teacher to another, as one is about to go on maternity leave. We reflected on the previous unit in Grade 5, discussing ways we can improve upon the assessments for next year.

Today I engaged in three conversations about the curriculum work we’re doing, my energy palpable as I got to talk about what I love to do. We are doing some really great stuff!

Today I ate my lunch in under 5 minutes, as I went from one thing to the next. I barely remember what it tasted like.

Today I assisted in the antigen testing of a Grade 5 class who had a confirmed positive Covid case. Luckily all are negative (so far), but they were picked up at noon and will be doing online learning for the next three school days.

Today I made plans for us to extend online learning for our JK Prep students (preschool aged), as two thirds of them have tested positive.

Today I read and commented on other slicers’ slices.

Today I sent 18 emails. Not many at all…I’m surprised!

Today I smiled as I read the comments left on my first slice of life, fueled by this writing community.

Today I left work well after dark, after going down a rabbit hole of finding resources for our new Grade 1 unit of inquiry.

Today I missed my walk with Gail. We are going tomorrow!

Today I had an impromptu conversation with a colleague about writing, the SOL challenge, books, book clubs, and memoirs. It was energizing!

Today I laughed many times.

Today I took 6,142 steps, which is honestly more than I expected considering all the meetings I sat in.

Today I admired the four bouquets of flowers I currently have at home and school. The tulips are my favorite.

Today I felt like I was inside a pinball machine, being bounced around from one thing to another.

Today I am getting to bed late. Let’s hope I don’t oversleep tomorrow.

Today I…

Today I woke up early (again) and was able to ease into the morning, spending half an hour sipping on tea while reading and commenting on slices.

Today I appreciated the sun shining even more than I normally do, after days of rain and clouds.

Today I got to learn from an awesome colleague of mine who’s doing some kick ass word work with her first graders.

Today I continued to develop our PSPE scope and sequence with the PE team…we are making great progress!

Today I researched ideas about conceptual-based teaching and learning and found some great ideas I want to incorporate in my planning meetings.

Today I worked with Grade 4 to plan some engaging experiments for their upcoming unit about energy.

Today I interviewed a teacher for a position next year.

Today I was measured by the JK students (Pre-K aged) who were inquiring into measurement and how tall everyone in the class was. I was shorter than they thought I’d be!

Today I attended a GLC meeting with a verrrrrrry long agenda.

Today I spent some time with our JK Prep students (Preschool aged). We talked about what they knew about living and nonliving things (flamingos, dinosaurs, and ladybugs are living), played “Earthquake,” and added numbers on the dice.

Today I had an impromptu dinner with a friend at a little Italian restaurant in a building that used to be a bank; I love that the vault door is still there. Conversations about which books we’re reading accompanied the delicious food.

Today I got a Facetime call from my dad who couldn’t sleep…it was a nice surprise to hear from him!

Today I am going to bed early since I’ve been yawning nonstop for the past hour.

Today I…

For those of you who read my slice yesterday, you know that my school is now closed for a minimum of 2 weeks due to Coronavirus. It’s now 11:30pm local time on 3 March, so all I’m going to be able to do today is a “Today I…” slice. Here we go.

Today I was in crisis management mode all day.

Today I sat in front of my computer and worked nearly nonstop from 6:30am to 11:30pm, only stopping to pee and take a 20 minute walk outside.

Today I toggled between email, video chats, What’s App messages, phone calls, group chats, and Seesaw messages as I tried to respond to the hundreds of messages I received.

Today I forgot to eat, until my tummy started rumbling. Lunch at 5:30 is normal, right?

Today I blew my screen time out of the water.

Today I learned so much about this new world of online learning we’ve been thrown into, but know there’s still so much more to learn.

Today I prepped for all my lessons tomorrow. At least I can go to bed and not have that on my shoulders!

Today I typed about a gazillion words. On a positive note, my typing skills have greatly improved!

Today I realized what I’m made of when faced with a crisis.

Today I realized that I can really focus on something when I need to. No breaks for social media, TV, or reading for me today.

Today I logged a whole 4,005 steps, and that’s with taking a walk to clear my head when I was going stir crazy. Man, this is going to be a long ride.

Today I realized that this whole self-quarantine thing is no joke! I need to be more balanced and move my body so much more tomorrow.

Today I realized that rumors spread faster than wildfires.

Today I realized that when push comes to shove, my team comes together and just gets it done. We really played off one another’s strengths and pitched in where needed.

Today I realized that working at this pace is not sustainable. With that being said…it’s time for bed!

Today I…

Today I woke up before my alarm clock. For the third day in the row. Who am I??

Today I listened to Dermot Kennedy on heavy repeat. Again. Thanks achaiteacher for the introduction!

Today I attended five meetings.

Today I was frustrated and let my emotions get the better of me.

Today I joked around with some colleagues.

Today I helped lead the Primary students in their last practice before tomorrow’s dress rehearsal. They did much better today!

Today I attended an Art Exhibition by our IB Diploma students whose work was very impressive.

Today I tried to convince a colleague to join the SOL Challenge next year. He might need more nudging.

Today I walked 9,801 steps. Guess I’ll need to walk a few circles around my living room to reach my daily goal.

Today I had to deal with some discipline issues. The lack of routine this week is taking its toll on us all.

Today I enjoyed an energetic and exciting conversation with friends over dinner.

Today I sent 18 emails. Way less than normal!

Today I took some things personally. Stress from the production is causing negative side effects.

Today I read and commented on my fellow slicers’ slices.

Today I told stories. Some funny, some interesting.

Today I was not nearly as productive as I needed to be, putting me further behind.

Today I ate lunch, at my desk, while in a meeting, typing between mouthfuls.

Today I worried about what a friend is going through, wishing I could give her a hug, listen to her, and simply be there for her.

Today I thought about what to slice all day.

Today I was going to write a story, but this list wanted to be written instead.


Today I… #sol18

Today I realized all the places where I neglected to put sunscreen yesterday.

Today I had five scheduled meetings with teachers.

Today I replied to 29 emails and left 31 to respond to tomorrow.

Today I ate leftover curry for lunch.

Today I led all of the Year 3 students in cooking dinner for their sleepover at school.

Today I wished I had rested my foot more.

Today I was a passenger on a bus and a cute four-year-old girl was my driver.

Today I learned about 3D shapes along with Kindergarten.

Today I laughed.

Today I reflected on some new ideas I have.

Today I played a joke on a teacher.

Today I listened to the Greatest Showman soundtrack for the eighty-third time.

Today I didn’t get as much done as I needed to.

Today I talked about writing.

Today I got some much-needed Spencer snuggles.

Today I spent fourteen hours at school and am in desperate need of sleep.

Today I… #sol16 8 of 31


Today I…

Today I had treats waiting on my desk when I arrived in the morning. (Thank you Treat Fairy!)

Today I was invited to a classroom where students shared their ideas for saving the planet by taking small actions in our school community. Action is the heart of the PYP! 🙂

Today I had a better day than yesterday.

Today I held four curriculum meetings and one team meeting.

Today I got to talk a lot about writing, and it felt good! I realize how much I miss being a literacy coach.

Today I gazed at my flowers I received yesterday for Albanian Teacher’s Day. I love fresh flowers!

Today I realized it’s my bestie’s 1 month countdown to her baby’s arrival!!!

Today I wished loads of women Happy International Women’s Day!

Today I treated myself to a manicure and pedicure. Now I’m pretty in pink! 🙂

Today I am slicing from a bar, where I’m munching on chips and guac and drinking a Malibu and Coke. I sorta love it.

Today I made children laugh.

Today I read. And not just emails!

Today I scared two people…and then proceeded to laugh my head off!

Today I wished a fabulous friend a happy birthday…so sad I’m not there to celebrate with her this year.

Today I booked a car for my road trip to Greece this weekend.

Today I had such a great conversation about writing and teaching with a colleague and friend.

Today I was productive.

Today I was happy.