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Poem-A-Day Challenge Updated

So, I am mostly up to date with my efforts in the poem-a-day challenge. Each entry was written this month. However, I cannot actually claim that each was written on the day ascribed to it. Let’s think of it as “Thirty Poems for April” instead. If you are interested in checking out my efforts, go to the “Writing Teacher Writes” tab above, or you can just click here.  Keep in mind that I never promised they would be good!  If you would like to follow along with the challenge on your own, you can check out the daily prompts at Poetic Asides.

The promised follow up to the summer reading poll is coming tomorrow.  Get your votes in on the poll and check back Monday for my thoughts.


Lit World’s Global Poem for Change and Some Other Poetic Musings

Happy National Poetry Month, everybody! Currently on spring break, I’ve been poem-ing away with the Poetic Asides bunch in an effort to write a poem-a-day for the month of April.  I’m a little bit intimidated by the whole thing, but Poetic Asides is really a great community and I am happy to have found them.  You can check out my efforts under that new tab up there at the top of the page,“Writing Teacher Writes,” which I’ll discuss in more detail in a later post.

Now, on to Lit World!

Though I was a little late, I was more than happy to blog last month about World Read Aloud Day in my classroom.  My middle school students really enjoyed reading aloud to elementary school students, and I think they are starting to grasp the importance of literacy for all of us and the need to advocate it globally.

In honor of National Poetry Month, LitWorld is continuing with its advocacy for global literacy through the means of poetry.  To celebrate the power and importance of words, LitWorld has started a collaborative Global Poem For Change. Poet Naomi Shihab Nye provided the first line:

I send my words out into the air, listening for yours from everywhere.

and all are invited to contribute!  Here is what I had to add:

From four corners blow the winds of change,

carrying from every mountain range, our words – high and low

To learn how you can become more involved, visit the Global Poem here and check out the video below.  Happy Poem-ing!

Spring and Poetry in the Classroom

Spring has hit full force here in Georgia.  The highs have been hitting in the 80s nearly every day this week!  Along with a pretty yellow coating for all of our cars and shoes, Spring has also gifted us with fever in the classroom.   Teachers feverishly try to get everything done that they have been hoping to accomplish this year and students wait feverishly for the coming summer break.


I like to follow Robert Lee Brewer’s blog,Poetic Asides, over at Writer’s Digest.  He posts poetry prompts on Wednesdays which I occasionally try out.  Yesterday’s writing suggestion was simply on the general theme of Spring.  I through my own contribution into the mix on his blog and would like to share it with you here, as well.  As of now, my efforts are still rough and untitled, but I am always open to suggestion (kind, well-intentioned)!


Pencils flying

Erasers arcing in air as they

Drum drum drum on the desk.



Birds peek in

Watching my lesson

Forgetting there is glass.

Students stare back at them

Forgetting there is class.



In our worn texts,

Winter marks

The ending of days.

In school,

Spring marks time.



And now, for some supplementary thoughts on poetry, and teachers’ writings in the classroom:


A hard lesson for me to learn was that my own writing does not need to be perfect or professionally published for me to share it with my students.  They need to see my enthusiasm for the practice.  They need to see that it has a place in my world outside the classroom.  They need to see that even teachers have room for revision.


Participating in a blog such as Poetic Asides helps provide me with some structure for my own practice.  In April, Brewer will be challenging his readers to compose a poem a day.  I am hoping to be an active participant in this challenge and hope you will join me.  Yes, it will be tough! But, it could also be remarkable for your own writing practice and the role that practice and poetry in general might take on in your classroom.


I have never been fortuntate enough to particpate in a NWP program, but I am ever hopeful that I will still have the chane one day.  In the meantime, I will keep bringing my meager offerings to the table, that they may grow and improve and serve.


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