Look! I finished my pages this week! Which is impressive since I was in an all-day writing class yesterday. The writing class was geared for teachers, but focused on writing for ourselves in order to understand what we ask kids to write. We did a fun exercise called "found poetry," This works- but you have to give yourself a strict time limit. We would drive ourselves crazy if we took time to ponder over this one! Try to talk someone else into doing it with you ( my husband and 14 year old son declined this offer last night, hmph!) . Give yourself 5 minutes to cut out random words ( nouns, adjectives, verbs and conjunctions, and, if, but, etc.) You will need about 10 of each. Don't worry about them going together or making sense! We used magazines and newspapers. Then give yourself another 5-10 minutes to arrange them on plain piece of paper into a poem. Force yourself to do it quickly and glue stick them down!
Amazingly, these turned out so cool! I posted mine after the journal pages! Did I tell you to check out Tamara's self-portrait pages? Well you should- they rock! Opehlia has posted her Believe pages, go look! I'll be back later with next week's theme...
I have a degree in Child Development and have been teaching for 25 years. Most of these years have been spent with second graders with the exception of 4 years in first grade. I love introducing my students to the joy of reading "chapter books" and the language of literature.
I am a mixed-media artist and am lucky to be teaching at a fine arts magnet school. I use music and visual art every day in my classroom.
I have been married for 29 years and my husband teaches High School English. I have raised 4 wonderful kids and am still working on the yellow labs that live in our house.