Where I’m From poems

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I absolutely love beginning the year with “Where I’m From” poems, a lesson inspired by George Ella Lyons. It’s not an easy assignment by any means but my students always rise to the occasion, with some prodding by me. I love these poems because learn so much about my students when reading their poems. You see what is important to them, what their families are like, and what makes them happy. They are a clear window into their lives.

Where I’m From poem template -Check it out!

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Last year, I developed a template for my students to follow, which helped their poems become much deeper. On Friday we started the poems with this year’s class and so far I am extremely impressed. We should finish them up next week, and I can’t wait to hang them up for Back to School Night!

One week down!

We headed back to school this past Thursday. It’s always a humorous morning- the bell rings and students slowly begin to walk down our hallway. The silence is palpable. There are shy smiles, a few lost students, and a the static sound of nervousness fills the air. my team and I always laugh to ourselves, saying we should savor the moment, as they will never be this silent again!

The first two days back are always full of procedures, routines, and paperwork. Oh, the paperwork! But it is nice getting to spend those first few hours as a class, not worrying about switching classes or planning lessons, beyond building community and routines and procedures. My class seems wonderful this year. Within the first few hours they had begged to explore the classroom library, and who am I so say no?! We also began out first read-aloud, Flying Solo, and my homeroom seems to be enjoying it.  I love setting the tone those first few days, showing the students how important reading will be in our class.  But more importantly, it shows them how much fun we will have with reading.

On Friday afternoon, we did a quick class switch (my team is departmentalized).  My afternoon class only has 15 students!  15!  And I have 18 in the morning.  (I lose students in both classes to resource room/pull-out).  We switched for half of a normal period, giving me an hour with both classes.  We went over a brief outline of the year and then got started with our “Where I’m From” poems.  (more about that in a different post)

It is shaping up to be a great year.  The students are enthusiastic and I can’t wait to dive into the curriculum this week!  Off to write my first week’s lesson plans now.  :)

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