right before break we took a day to celebrate our hard work that has been going on lately
in our room
between compiling a nine piece poetry anthology
and having LOTS of district big-whigs coming into our room
looking very intimidating with their business suits and iPads
and asking OH so many questions of my kids
we needed a day to kick back and just celebrate
and that's what we did
my favorite memories of the day include:
finger snapping with my kids instead of clapping
eating a donut with first period but feeling like I had eaten 7 by the end of the day
there is such a thing as smelling too many donuts
having one student go up not just once to read her poetry
but a total of 6 separate times
each reading slightly different, including accents, sitting poses, etc.
my favorite things they said that day include:
me prompting a student to read a second piece of poetry because he chose to read
his haiku poem, only three lines, and he looked up at me and said oh so seriously
"can I read the same poem again?"
now, let me tell you that typing this quote does it no justice
I was laughing so hard that I was literally crying
later in the day, one of my students as she sat down on the stool said
"oh wow, as soon as I sit here I just feel so dark and mysterious, ok,
now I am ready to read my poem"
and lastly, I was so excited to hear this last quote from our woodshop teacher as he saw the donuts on the back counter of my classroom
"Oh that's right, you have your poetry coffeehouse read today."
seeing as how we don't really talk, and our classrooms are on opposite sides of the campus
I was curious how he knew so much about my day
the kids of course
and they were so excited they even asked their shop teacher to come listen to their poems!
they loved it. I loved it. done & done