From Slice of Life to Six Word Stories: Teachers With Students

This weekend, as part of a professional development session I was co-facilitating, I asked the teachers into the room to ‘write into the day’ with a Slice of Life prompt — find a moment in which in you interacted with a student, and write about it. Almost everyone shared their Slice of Life out, and it was a wonderful range of stories — from inspiring, to discoveries, to frustrations.

Next, I asked them to focus even further — and narrow down their Slice to a Six Word Memoir. Many expressed difficulty with this task, and yet, they did an amazing job. We used Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) to post their six word stories. As I explained, not only were they learning about a new technology tool, they were publishing AND gaining some ideas for how to get their students to write in a variety of formats and technologies (from pen to the web).

Check it out:

Peace (on the wall),


  1. Great activity – what a valuable stretch for teachers who are not often given such focused time to reflect on their day. Perhaps you have inspired some new Slicers.

  2. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing Padlet. I am working with a group of writing project teachers this summer focusing on digital writing. I’d love to use your idea if you don’t mind.

  3. Love this idea! I was discussing with a fellow teacher today the idea of having students summarize a section of text using 25 words – then take it to 15 – then down to five. I wonder if they do it!

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