Poetry Friday, Week 9: Late Edition
Poetry Friday is being rounded up by Kat at Kathryn Apel today. Kat is sharing the release of her new book, What Snail Knows amid a stormy week of weather and war in Ukraine.
Today I headed to the school of a teacher library friend to teach in her library for half day. I was greeted by the school principal. "Would I please teach in a fifth grade classroom? Twenty-two staff people out and about half the jobs unfilled, " she said. I don't really teach in classrooms outside my former school but I said yes as I was scheduled to see only two classes for library. I told the principal that would be teaching a poetry lesson. She was fine with that decision. She gave me the class list, informed me that there would be an assistant in the room and that she and the associate principal would stop in on occasion.
Taylor Mali's Slam Mad Lib Poetry
In February, I attended via Zoom a workshop with Taylor Mali. I have been itching to try this poetry lesson, Slam Mad Lib Poetry .
I decided that with this class a brief lesson on concrete nouns versus non-concrete nouns (thank you, Paulann Peterson for you workshop)and describing words would be helpful.
Then we used the directions by Mali to create our poems. Students came to me when finished so that we could get them on Padlet. For me, Padlet, provides a visual and way to do a quick revision. It was a great morning.
3/4/2022 11:57:31 pm
I bet those kids were thrilled to have you covering their lessons, Jone.
3/5/2022 04:05:42 am
Bless you. We started out yesterday down seven teachers without subs. This push to get students back to school is understandable but there is no sense of normalcy yet. I'm sure you were greatly appreciated. I greatly appreciate you for stepping in. It has not been an easy year at all. And then....you teach poetry! Hooray! I love the poems that came from the kids. It's just what they needed, I am sure of that. Again, bless you, Jone.
3/5/2022 11:47:33 am
What a kind-hearted educator you are, Jone. I have Taylor Mali's work still on my desk to turn into a blog post (if I can ever clear ny desk). Thanks for sharing the children's poems. They are wonderful.
3/5/2022 01:14:34 pm
Jone, You rock! First, I applaud you for taking on the 5th grade class. You are kind and a team player! And, what a great lesson for the kids! It sounds fun and educational all at the same time. I'll bet they loved it! Thank you for sharing their work! I loved reading their Mad-lib Poems!
3/6/2022 05:34:45 am
Another HURRAH for you stepping up and leaning in. What a perfect plan to have up your sleeve. What lucky kids. I'm sure you changed lives with that one small lesson.
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