My teacher is a poet! #PoetryFriday

During the first six weeks of school every year, classrooms all over the world work hard to build a sense of community. In elementary schools we do this by playing name games, turning and talking with a partner, and sharing similarities and differences. We learn about each others’ favorite colors, foods, books, fears, wonders, and hobbies. My Kindergarten students already know I love to read poetry. I began reading poetry to my class on the first day of school, and will continue to do so daily throughout the year. Not just during a poetry unit or during National Poetry Month in April, but each and every day. This week I revealed another side of me: that I write poetry, too!

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After taking our first monthly walk to the vernal pool in the woods behind our school on Monday, I shared what would be the poem we’d study all week long — Today I Took a Walk. Posted on chart paper in our meeting area, it didn’t take long for one of my already-reading Kindergarteners to say, “Hey! You wrote that poem! It says “Christie Wyman” at the bottom where the author’s name always goes! That’s you!” They were astonished, gobsmacked, dumbfounded! This then lead to a wonderful discussion about how and why I write poetry. I shared that I keep a notebook of ideas, observations, and wonders. I shared that sometimes I write poetry about what’s in my notebook, but other times I just want to learn more about something like birds,  frogs, trees and fossils.

All of this got me thinking that it’s important for our students to see us as human. They need to know that we are curious and we explore. That we take risks and we struggle. While not everyone writes poetry, most of us have something that we are passionate about or that we mess around with from time to time. It might gardening, hiking, baking, or some other creative outlet.

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If you are a teacher, what could you share with your students about you that might surprise them? Help them see you in a new light? How could you show them that you are curious, that you take risks, that you never stop learning?

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Laura at Writing the World for Kids is our host today for Poetry Friday. Won’t you join us?

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16 thoughts on “My teacher is a poet! #PoetryFriday

  1. I believe you are right. They need to see us coping with all the negative emotions, too. How do we handle mistakes? Disappointments? Set-backs? They learn from that how to channel their feelings. So important to be a “whole” person with kids, not just someone pretending to be perfect. I love your poem. Simple speaks to the inner child as well as the actual child.

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  2. YES! Teachers who write and share with students are so needed! You just showed them that real humans write. Some schools get lots of visiting authors and learn that. But for many kids, seeing their teachers write is their best shot at seeing real writers at work. Hooray for you!

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  3. Christie, I will be sharing this post with my fellow teachers. You are so right. When we share ourselves so openly with our students, we honor humanity. I am so grateful for teachers like you who share your love of writing and poetry with your students. Happy poetry writing with your kiddos!

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  4. Christie, you laid the groundwork for a year of building a culture of literacy for your little ones. I look forward to many wonderful days reading their writing and listening to your stories. I think your little kinders will enjoy creating a tapestry of autumn leaves in brilliant colors for my next gallery, Autumn Ablaze.

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  5. Gorgeous! And you’re so right – it is important for teacher to be real with students. For one thing, it’s about relationship. For another, sharing your passion skills kids up in ways that others cannot. (Same with parents sharing their unique skills/interests with their kids – so valuable.)

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  6. YES! When I was teaching middle schoolers, I shared parts of myself with my students through my writing. I wrote examples from my own experience for each genre we studied. One of their favorites was the memoir I wrote about failing my driving test! I also shared poetry I wrote with them as well as read them poems I loved. Your students are blessed this year to have a teacher that reads and writes and shares with them.

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  7. That’s wonderful! I lead a kids writing club at the library, and I make a real effort to get the kids to call themselves writers – not “aspiring” writers or “future” writers, but writers! I’m a writer, and they are writers – it doesn’t matter what they write, or who else likes it or reads it – we’re all capable of being poets or writers in our own way!

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  8. Christie, this is so beautiful, your entire post, that you shared your love of poetry and your kindergartener’s responses! What a wonderful way to inspire them to write and be curious about what’s around them, thanks!

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  9. Hi Christie!
    It took me a while to catch on to who you are! Thanks so much for connecting me to your blog. I so admire your obvious teaching skills, your lovely poetry and that of your students. I’m now following you.

    Hope all is well with you!
    Moriah

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