For 2 solid days, students in every class have been visiting the library to share poetry into our open microphone for poem in your pocket day. As always, this was a special day where every single student in our school had an opportunity to step up and share their voice through poetry that they carried in their pockets. Many students shared original poems which ranged from silly to humorous to scary to sentimental to observant. Many students also shared favorite poems that they copied from our large poetry collection in the library. Sometimes it takes a lot to get up in front of your peers and read aloud, but I love the accessibility of poetry. It can be short but powerful. It can give you a chance to shine before your nerves kick in. It can quickly create reactions from your audience. It creates moments.
As usual, there were many special moments. Teachers shared poems from their phones in their pockets.
A student who spoke limited English, broke out of her comfort zone to share a poem all in English with a friend standing by her side. PreK poets recited their very first poems of their school career as their teachers whispered the words into their ears.
5th graders filled up their poetry slot by repeatedly going to the microphone to share poems from the books displayed on our poetry tables. Families who couldn’t be here with us in the room were able to watch their children perform via our live Google Hangout. Sweet poems about brothers were shared.
Tweets rolled in via our Twitterfall wall.
A retiring paraprofessional shared her final Poem In Your Pocket moment.
If you missed any of our poetry readings live, you can watch any of the archives by visiting our Smore. Take a moment to look at all of the poets in the gallery below.