End-of-the-Year Poem Ideas
I'm glad I was your teacherI've come to love you soI can't believe the end is hereI hate to see you go!Remember all the fun we hadIn all the things we didBut most of all remember...You're a very special kid!You're a very special person,And I wanted you to know,How much I enjoyed being your teacher.How fast the year did go!Please come back to visit meAs through the grades you grow,Try hard to learn all that you canThere is so much to know!The one thing I tried to teach youTo last your whole life through,Is to know that you are SPECIALThere is no one else like you!
I attended an absolutely WONDERFULwriting conference led by Katie Wood Rayyesterday. While I walked away with manyideas, the next scenario best depicts what Iwould add to my writing toolbox.
Imagine that it‟s Principal‟s Day at your
school and that you have been asked to signa school banner for your principal.
your turn to sign, you notice that all the otherteachers have written several sentencesbefore signing their names.What would you do next? Would you simplybegin writing your thoughts on the banner orwould you first read what others havewritten?I suspect you would read other commentsuntil you felt comfortable writing your own.The fact that you have to write a comment of your own would change how you read theother comments. Intentional author studyprofoundly shapes
How much time do you spend in your
classroom studying a particular author‟s
writing style?Consider giving a text to students and simplyasking
, “What do you notice?”
After sufficient time to read through the text,
thoughts on chart paper anddiscuss.You should begin noticing that your
students‟ writing begins taking on the „tone‟
of the author studied.
Summer‟s quickly approaching. Do YOU
have an author in mind to begin studying tofine-tune your writing style?