Saturday, September 12, 2020

Occasion Poems: Back to School

 

Mr. Chomper the Pencil Sharpener
Photo by Amy LV




Students - This week I went back to school again, having been out of the classroom and working as an author and writing teacher for the past 22 years. A former fifth grade teacher, now I am a happy fourth grade teacher!

Students and teachers alike have been nervous about returning, and yet, the wonderfulness of children made everything good. I am thankful for my students and new colleagues.

 

Sometimes life offers a change or an occasion such as back to school time. Maybe you get a new pet or move from your old house. One person learns to ride a tricycle and another graduates from trike to bike. Changes are occasions...and we can write poems for them. What changes or occasions are you seeing in your life and in the lives of those you care about these days? Consider a poem as a gift…for your future self or for someone you love.


Kiesha is hosting this week's Poetry Friday party over at Whispers from the Ridge with the roundup and some poems by one of her favorite poets, Paul Laurence Dunbar. All are welcome each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness each week of the year.

Please share a comment below if you wish.day 

11 comments:

  1. Welcome back to the classroom, Amy! This idea is something that came up in my classroom a lot this week-- that while many things have changed, even more have remained the same. I think that's reassuring to both teachers and students.

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  2. The wonderfulness of children makes everything alright. We've been back this week as well and I've been so impressed with the kids and teachers. About half of our students are still home with virtual teaching. I start my virtual meetings on Monday. With all of the apprehension and worry, I'm so comforted that kids are kids are kids. All my best for your teaching year!

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  3. "...the wonderfulness of children made everything good." SO TRUE!

    Love your poem. I'm thinking we'll get lots of poetic peeks into your classroom this year! Excited to follow the journey!

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  4. Delightful poem to celebrate the return to school. Glad your new year is off to a good start.

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  5. Great poem, Amy. Kids need so much assurance these unfamiliar days - us too. Thanks for this!

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  6. So excited about your new book and for the new adventures you will share with us from the classroom! I am delighted to try your invitation of writing about those changes and occasions of significance for me. Thank you for sharing your back to school poem! xx

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  7. Even 2D children make lots of things good!--but not everything. Still, your poem is reassuring to all. May it stay as it has begun for you, and go Amy go!

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  8. What a lovely poem. Always positive. Kids make everything better.

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  9. Have a wonderful first week back, Amy. I'm cheering you on. I bet your students loved this poem.

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  10. Love how you captured the emotions of returning to school, and the lovely rhythm in your poem too– I think many students would enjoy and appreciate your poem. Stay well and safe Amy, xo

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