Book Week 2016

It’s Book Week in Australia; book character costumes, author visits, library visits and celebrations of all things bookish. Day One was the costume parade. I dressed up as Tiddalick the frog – and was thrilled to see Brette from my chapter book, ‘Fencing with Fear’ also put in a surprise appearance. Day Two we had […]

Poetry Olympics – Join In!

Who knew that poetry used to be an Olympic sport? From 1912-1948, Olympians competed in The Arts, which included architecture, sculpture, painting, music and … literature. Medals were awarded for works inspired by sport. In fact, founder of the Modern Olympic, Baron Pierre de Coubertin is a previous gold medal winner, with his poem, ‘Ode […]

Still the Greatest – Michael Phelps

Following the Beijing Olympics in 2008, I wrote this metaphor recipe poem about the Greatest Olympian of All Time… A lot of time has passed since then – and a lot has changed… yet nothing has changed. From 8 gold medals after Beijing, to 20 gold medals (and more) at Rio, Michael Phelps is still the […]

Poetry Guinea Pigs

This week I have been in Gladstone, Calliope and Tannum Sands, for the biennial Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale. There will be more posts to come about this, but for Poetry Friday, I share poems and pics from my workshop groups, where we were writing… POETRY! (Of course! :P) This group snuck in so quietly I […]

Bossy Words

This year I’ve been back on class. And the planning, marking and soon-to-come reporting, has been a concern. I can’t seem to write creatively, with such big thinks hanging over my head. On Monday, I finished the official planning documentation. I then threw myself into some pressing writing business, and then… I should just let […]

Poetry with Kids

Poetry Friday has come around very quickly this week… I’m going to be brave, go out on a limb and throw a question (or two or few) out … to YOU! If you are a teacher or parent, what do you love best about sharing poetry with kids? What sort of things take you out of your comfort zone? If […]

Pocket Poetry – Poem in your Pocket Day

In the middle of Poetry Month, America celebrates Poem in Your Pocket Day. ‘People celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.’ (https://www.poets.org) We don’t have a Poem in Your Pocket Day […]

New Bully on the Bus Teacher Resources

Classroom teacher Glenys Rathjen made a thorough study of Bully on the Bus with her Year 4 class (read more here about my class visit, for some extra tips) and has very generously shared her study notes with me … and you! The PDF resource has been added to the ‘Bully on the Bus’ tab (scroll […]

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