Each week on Saturday
bloggers celebrate at Ruth Ayres Writes.
Won't you join us?
The end of the school year feels like it's fast approaching and out of reach simultaneously! I have adrenaline spurts and immediately feel like I need to sleep for a week. Being in the moment is almost impossible...but I'm trying. Stopping and reflecting and celebrating like this helps a lot!
Personally I'm celebrating my endurance and follow through with getting the gas leak fixed in my house. Thing like this send a single girl like me for a loop! My usual response is to ignore the problem until I can't anymore. (I know, that's terrible...but it's the truth!) This time I called and called and insisted...I yelled a bit, I confess I cried out of frustration and exhaustion...but the bottom line: IT'S FIXED! Whew! I take that as a compliment.
I'm celebrating sixth grade poets! Poet Palooza is a celebration of our poetry writing. Jessica O'Brien and I collaborated on this celebration. Students wrote poetry for days, weeks, months! They selected a poem (or more) to perform. We watched spoken word poets like Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye as models for our performances. Here's one of the videos we watched repeatedly to see how we could do it:
(I just watched it again and I'm impressed at how many student poems were influenced and inspired by this poem.)
So much preparation went into the day. Writing. Revising. Rehearsing. Revising. Rehearsing. Our students challenged themselves and went above and beyond my expectations.
Here's one story that illustrates that: a girl in my morning class froze when I was introducing the idea of Poet Palooza. She asked if she could be absent that day. We talked a lot. She finally agreed to writing and performing a poem with a friend in class. Three days before the performance her friend announced that she may not be in school on Poet Palooza. Her immediate reaction was to say, "I don't have to do it, do I?" I asked her to think of a solution and we would decide together. She found another student to stand in...just in case. AND she asked to perform another poem, by herself! Good news, all the students were there and the performances were amazing!! Many parents showed up and we were inspired and exhausted at the end of the day. Here's Mrs. O'Brien first thing in the morning:
Here are pictures of the
library before our day began...
|Guest books for parents to sign and leave words of encouragements for their poets!|
|Our stage, complete with twinkly lights!|
|We brought our grafitti walls and shared them with the audience!|
|Mrs. O'Brien checking the microphone.|
Unfortunately, I don't have pictures or video of the actual performance because I was introducing the poets. Hopefully, those will be coming soon!
It was a perfect way to spend a Friday...