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.
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?"
Below is a digital inspiration to spark conversation.
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.
Interested in some hacks to shift the literacy landscape toward student-led literacy learning?
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.