Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Chocolate Cake, Pics, and an Arun to Celebrate!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life sponsored by 
Two Writing Teachers.

During each week in March I selected a random day to share orange slice candy with my students.  It was a sweet salute to the March Slice of Life Story Challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.

On Monday, the last day of our March marathon of writing, we enjoyed a chocolate sheet cake in each class inscribed with the words, "Happy Day Slicer!"  I wanted to write "slicers," but the powers that be decreed only one letter "s" in my set of sugar letters.  I realize now that I could have switched the inscription to read "Happy Day Writers."
I love the beautiful smiles on my writers' faces!
My 1/2 block of platinum slicers - 31 days of writing daily!
My 4/5 block of platinum slicers - 31 days of writing daily!

A platinum slicer celebrates his arrival at the finish line!

slice a week
celebrates our
marathon in March.
cake sweetens a
last day of slicing!
and notice more
moments to savor.


I couldn't leap into poetry month without an attempt  at capturing our celebrations in an arun, a fifteen-line poem in three sets of five lines. Each set of five lines follows the same syllable structure: starting with one syllable and increasing by one (1/2/3/4/5 — 3x). Explore this form with GirlGriot who introduced it to me. See my inaugural attempt here and last week's poem savoring sunshine at Slater Beach here.


  1. Your students indeed look happy. You do a lot for your students, Ramona. Congrats to you & to your students for 31 days! I like the poem, & thanks for explaining how the arun works! Have a great rest of the week!

  2. Ramona,
    Congrats to you and your students on such an amazing accomplishment. We had our celebration lunch today. The students had so much to say. I loved how easily they all talked about their favorite pieces of writing from the challenge. I'm thinking about taking the favorites and combining them in one resource.

    I enjoyed your poem. I may have to borrow that structure if you don't mind. It might be an interesting one to try this month.