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 […]

Soapy Sid – A Pirate Poem

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 […]

#MoP16 Poems for my Nieces

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 […]

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