Put a Poem in Your Pocket

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Tweet This Thursday, April 26th, is Poem in Your Pocket Day. This is such a fun way to celebrate poetry during National Poetry Month. For this day, you find a poem or write a poem and keep it handy (in your pocket) so that you can read it to anyone and everyone you come in […]

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Where I’m From – Poetry Activity

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Tweet Studying this poem and then creating a sort of copy-cat poem from it is a great activity for your students (and YOU) to do. This poem, Where I’m From written by George Ella Lyon, is a touching one that gives insight to the person who wrote it through the senses and visualization.  From family […]

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Teacher Poetry

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Tweet Teachers love poetry too!  We should be reading and creating it as much as we want our students to. Last night was a fun 4th grade chat ( #4thchat) on Twitter with other 4th grade teachers.  The topic was poetry and one teacher, Nancy Carroll ‏ @ncarroll24 asked: Does anyone write poems alongside their […]

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4+1 Reasons to Get Poetry into Your Classroom

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Tweet Poetry is great!  ‘Come on, don’t you agree?  Poetry can be sweet and rhyme-y or in-your-face  and raw.  It contains so much passion, so many illusions.  It can tell a story, describe an emotion, explain a situation or throw down the truth.  But how much time do we actually commit to poetry in our […]

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The Poetry Project eResource is Here!

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Tweet Just in time for April (Poetry Month) and as a send out to March (Literacy Month), I’ve finally epublished my latest eresource – The Poetry Project as the first in a series I will continue to add to in the months ahead. The series of books is The Independent Project Series.  The purpose of […]

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Arts Integration for the Art Teacher

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Tweet This week, I wrote a guest post for Jessica Balsley’s website Art of Education.  She is an art teacher who provides many resources and ideas for other teachers interested and invested in arts education.  I decided to stay with my focus on arts integration and cater to her major audience – art teachers.  Here […]

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Remembering 9/11, Celebrating 9/14

Tweet Each year, my school celebrates a special, yet under-acknowledged anniversary in our country’s history. September 14, 1814 was the date when Francis Scott Key wrote the poem that became our National Anthem while witnessing the battle at Fort McHenry.  Three years ago, I approached my principal and colleagues with the idea of bringing the […]

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Teacher Retreat 2011- A Success!

Tweet Rejuvenating! Having Conversations,  Making Connections Total Participation Creating and Sharing These are some of the responses that were told to me in the last 20 minutes of the Teacher Art Retreat that was held Monday through Wednesday of this week (August 15-17). I am so energized by the time we had together at this […]

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Poetry in Balance: Part 2 – Creation

Tweet In Part 1 of “Poetry in Balance”, I focused on the importance of teaching students poetry appreciation.  But to have a good study of poetry, just as with the study of any art form, you must balance it out with creation.  This month I am requiring my students to write one poem each day […]

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