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 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I’m drawing on a favourite poem from the archives for today’s Poetry Friday post. This was in fact my first paid publication, when it was printed in Pearson Education’s Comet Magazine; Issue 3 2006. I’ve had a class perform it at the Eisteddfod – something they did exceedingly well. Needless to say, there are many wonderful […]
This year I’m leaping back into classroom teaching, working part-time in a Year 3 room. My first (gorgeous!) class was a straight Year 3 (everything else has been multi-age) so I’m really looking forward to the year.
This Month of Poetry is a lot more relaxed, playing with poetry at my whim. It’s always nice to snapshot moments of the new year, and I had planned to work on a verse novel that’s stuck halfway (I haven’t toughed that yet).. but I hadn’t planned to write a little collection of poems for my […]
Sitting in the bush surrounded by the ‘quiet’ and ‘stillness’ of nature is perfect for writing poetry. And relaxing. Senses are tantalised by the sounds and sights, as life gently bustles around me… #MoP16
Last week I posted about my discovery of Storybird. (You can read more here.) Storybird has been around since 2010, so I was feeling a little late to the party… but it soon became apparent that I wasn’t the only late arrival. So… for those of you who’ve never flown the nest, here’s a little […]
These holidays, I discovered Storybird. Well – not quite true, because I’ve known about it for a long time, but resisted, because of a fear of internet overuse and excessive megs-consumption… But this holidays, I caved… It is, as I feared, a little addictive.