Well, here we are. My very first blog post on my “writing” blog. I am excited to join the Slice of Life Challenge in 2 short weeks, but I am nervous as well. I keep having to tell the doubting voice in my head to be quiet. The one that says I have nothing important to write about, the one that says people will judge me if I make a mistake, the one that says I don’t have time, the one that says I’m not a writer… If as a 30-something adult I am feeling this way, I can’t imagine what my students must feel everyday when they are asked to write. I’m reminded of the first chapter in Conferring with Young Writers, we really do need to be their cheerleader first and coach second. I’m off to find a cheerleader of my own!