One day not long ago, looking for inspiration, I took a short walk through the school where I teach, and, as usual, I found what I was looking for:
* A small group of pre-K children were rehearsing a song about spring with Laurie. They were in her office/classroom next to the teachers' room, so I stopped in for a moment. The room was buzzing with excitement, and Laurie was enjoying it as much as the children. I guess I was their first official "audience", and they performed the song with gusto. I was pleased to see young Tyler Flynn (the soon of John, my former student) singing and cavorting around, and I noticed Hunter and Erica were among the lead dancers and singers. What I noticed most was the excitement and joy in the children's faces, and I left the room hoping I could bring a little more of that to English class.
* I then walked down to the
Finally, I want to share some excerpts from 6th grade poems which I found on the bulletin board outside Carol's room -- wonderful tributes to National Poetry Month:
"The owl and I
Always alert and careful about things
Quick with thinking
The owl and I."
"I am a buttercup
Tiny, sweet, and bright…"
I am a tree…
On rainy, wet days, I blow, and bang my branches…"