Day 1 of Poem In Your Pocket Day is a wrap. Fourteen classes came to the library for 20-30 minute sessions of poetry reading. Each student had an opportunity to step up to our open microphone and read an original or favorite poem. It is truly amazing to see some students step out of their comfort zone to speak in front of their peers for a very short amount of time. Poetry is so accessible to so many people. It opens opportunities for students that sometimes other kinds of writing can’t. As always, there were magical moments during the day.
A student folded his poem into a piece of origami.
A student who wouldn’t read his poem on camera shared it with me instead, and it was a poem about me.
Ms. Kelly’s class created asemic writing and truly showed us what it means to perform and interpret poetry.
Take a look at some of the magical moments from today.
Also, take a look at Instagram and Twitter and search the hashtag #barrowpoems to see even more. We had several special posts and messages from people all over.
Finally, take some time to listen back to some of these amazing poets.
Today, the first classes came to read their poems in our poetry cafe. We broadcast the poetry readings via Adobe Connect. The room was setup with paper tablecloths, paper confetti, lanterns, and flowers in vases. The microphone was surrounded by fabric and lights with a poet step & stool to read from. Students read their poems and snapped to celebrate each reader. Each student got a lollipop when they left. We had online visitors from: Athens GA, Lexington KY, Buffalo NY, Hinsdale IL, UGA, Jasper GA, Cook County IL, Mason City IA, West Central MN, Bogart GA, Dacula GA, Hall County GA, Colbert GA, Gowrie IA, Fremont IA, and more.
As in the past, the comments from an authentic audience fueled the energy of the students. They loved hearing shout-outs about their poetry. An interesting thing that happened was that classes within our school were watching and students in those classes sent shout-outs to brothers and sisters. It was so sweet to hear words of encouragement between siblings. Thank you teachers for making that happen. Each year unexpected, wonderful things happen. This has become a day we all look forward to.
You can enjoy all of the readings again at the following links:
Shealey 3rd grade
Wyatt 1st grade
Watson 1st grade
Hart 1st grade
Selleck 4th grade
Wright 2nd grade
Freeman 4th grade
Stuckey 1st grade
Em 1st grade
Brink 2nd grade
Yawn 2nd grade
Join us tomorrow, too.
Friday April 12, 2013
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