Head to Jen Vincent's web site, Teach.Mentor.Texts. Thanks for hosting Jen!
The title seems to have a double meaning, considering all that is happening (or not happening) to educators lately.
I wrote this poem a while ago as a holiday wish for my colleagues, and have pulled it out again because of all the recent controversy about teaching and testing. I've changed some of the wording to fit today rather than the holidays. I think teachers are just great, and am happy to share the poem in their honor. A Poem That Speaks Forwards and Backwards!
This is a lesson from Kelly Gallagher’s book Write Like This, which includes the poem The Lost Generation, found here. I loved taking this challenging exercise and applying it to my own life right now. It would be great to do with older students. It is also similar to Marilyn Singer's Reverso poetry books here.
This school year could not possibly be everything I want
So I try not to believe that
All I wish is some time for myself and those I love
It may be surprising to others that
I think education today is too challenging for teachers
I won’t accept that
I can do wonderful things with students
And I might tell others that
It is not worth it
Some educators believe
Hard work pays dividends
I see things differently because
It is not easy to say that
The hours spent correcting papers and creating curriculum are always wise
I do believe
Much personal investment of time is profitable, and
I am convinced that
In this new year
There will be an increase in students behind in their work
I am not certain that
We will benefit from weekends of rest and recuperation because
Our renewal as teachers stems only in part from sleeping in and eating well, and
It is true that
We do not love our work and definitely
It is a false belief that
We will have a positive year with our classes because
All of this will stay a reality unless we choose to reverse it.
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