I’ve been thinking a lot about the March Slice of Life (SOL) writing challenge sponsored by Stacey Shubitz and Ruth Ayres, creators of the Two Writing Teachers blog and authors of Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice. It was my frequent visits to their blog that prompted me to start my own blog so I could participate in the challenge for the first time last year. Taking part in the SOL experience has left its handprints all over both my thinking about young writers and my teaching practice. If you don’t have a blog, consider starting one. It will be good for your writing soul. After all, if we are going to teach youngsters to take risks with their writing and push through the hard parts, shouldn’t we, as their teachers be willing to do the same? Visit TWT and join the SOL challenge.