Monday, March 12, 2018

#SOL18 3-12-18 I Used To Think

I used to think I didn’t like radishes
Now I think they’re crisp and crunchy and delicious

I used to think older kids were scary
Now I think little kids are

I used to think I wanted to settle in one place and never leave
Now I think you cannot step into the into the same river twice

I used to think I wanted more kids
Now I think one was perfect

I used to think I was right most of the time in arguments with my husband
Now I think I’m wrong as often as I’m right

I used to think I would let my hair gray naturally
Now I think I’m too young for that

I used to think I never wanted to live in a warm climate again
Now I think a warm place to be December through February sounds heavenly

I used to think I would rather eat in a restaurant
Now I think, Why can’t restaurants serve healthier food?

I used to think I needed to overhaul everything to make an impact
Now I think small changes are key

I used to think I had a lot figured out
Now I think I need to try harder to keep an open mind


  1. I love this idea! I might steal it for one of my next slices!

  2. Love this format... and especially love the line "you can't step into the same river twice."

  3. I use this format with my students and never thought to use it for my slice. Thanks for your example. It shows how "open-minded" we need to be.

    1. I also used this thinking routine with my students. I work with 10-12 year-olds and I've found it's easier for them to remember what they used to think if they have some earlier writing on the topic to refer to. Have you found any tricks to maximize its effectiveness?

  4. This is one of my favorite slices that I've read this month! The format is powerful, and your coupled lines so meaningful.