Posts filed under: Poetry Reflections

My poems walk through the classroom door each day.

While Nikki Giovanni’s poem, “Poetry,” came to me recently, it speaks to the oldest part of my teaching soul: the artist I want to be. We often hear that teaching is both a science and an art. I agree. There...
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Why #National Poetry Month?

Why #NationalPoetryMonth?  Because poetry matters. Why this website? Because what inspires and impassions teachers is worth sharing. Poetry, by slowing us down and focusing our attention, can help us engage in complex truths and potent emotions and yield poignant insights...
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Derek Walcott: Love After Love

Last Friday, we lost Derek Walcott, one of the world’s great poets.  It is fitting that we honor him on #WorldPoetryDay. On Friday morning on NPR, I woke to hear Tom Hiddleston reading Walcott’s poem, “Love After Love.”  Though I...
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Langston Hughes: Let America Be America Again

Yesterday was Langston Hughes’ birthday (February 1, 1902). In our three poetry books, many teachers and leaders chose to reflect on his powerful poems. This morning, I paged through the books looking for the poem and reflection to post in...
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On How to Pick and Eat Poems

I just recently discovered A Year of Being Here, a wonderful website of “daily mindfulness poetry by wordsmiths of the here & now.”  As good projects are wont to do, “a year” became three. While it concluded in January 2016,...
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Warsan Shire’s “Home”

Reflection On Warsan Shire’s “Home” The first time I read even a line of Warsan Shire’s poem, Home, I was captivated by the images it provoked. I had been listening to the stories and watching the videos of refugees fleeing...
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The Grind of Teaching & An Antidote

Last week, NPR launched a story with this preface: “Starting any new job can be tough. Starting a new job as a teacher is brutal. Research shows that roughly 1 teacher out of 10 will quit by the end of...
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How do you help your students reach for the stars?

President Obama recently wrote an open letter to parents of American school children. In that letter he raised concerns both in his role as President but also as a father about the increased role of testing in American education. Here...
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What Teachers Make

Taylor Mali has become a voice that speaks for teachers. He is a National Poetry Slam Winner where his material derives from his work in the classroom. He also was literally the “voice over” for a U.S. Department of Education...
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Inspiration for the start of the school year

Where do you go for inspiration for the start of the school year?  Where do you get the energy to start the year fresh and ready to roll? In Teaching with Heart, Cordell Jones, principal of the Alamo Heights Junior...
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