Thursday, September 7, 2017

Back-to-School Thoughts

While visiting Fire Island on Tuesday, I caught glimpse of the school bus. This started me reflecting on the opening day of school. 
  • Would the students be as eager to set sail across a sea of learning as I was to cross the Great South Bay on the Fire Island Ferry?
  • Would all the teachers embrace a growth mindset to honor all voices? 
  • Would a spirit of trust and positivity be established during the first week of school  
I presume that all Long Island school districts have started school on a good note and are addressing the above questions. 
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To spark a conversation, teachers may ask their learners the following question from Mary Oliver's poem.
 
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

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Below is a digital inspiration to spark conversation.


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You can access some back-to-school poems for students and teachers from Poetry Foundation that will be sure to engage students as young poets at the beginning of the year.


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Interested in some hacks to shift the literacy landscape toward student-led literacy learning? 


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This week children's author and poet, Matt Forrest Esenwine, is Poetry Friday's host. Please visit Matt's blog site, Radio, Rhythm, & Rhyme for more poetry fun.