I've already written two other times about my poetry retreat last week (last Friday & Saturday), & as you can see from the badge on the right, I've also been writing in an online poetry class in September. I'm trying to focus on several things I can share as takeaways for teaching writing (teaching writers) in the classroom. I've written about happiness in finding one's passion, gratitude for people who really listen, and in this final post, want to emphasize the importance of being surrounded by beauty. Here are some photos, and thoughts about connections to a classroom.
|A special space in a classroom can mean much|
to a student who needs to be alone to write.
| Looking out a window for one beautiful thing |
among the rest is something writers do.
|Following a path around our school can be|
meaningful to a student looking for a metaphor.
|Discovering changes in nature or in the school |
building is something to write about.
|There is a line in a poem, "looking long", that|
I've used when my class has written, sometimes
with magnifying glasses, sometimes with
microscopes or eyepieces.
|Starting with the "wide view" of a camera lens allows|
the writer to see the whole picture.
|Looking for new ways to get somewhere can be|
a needed exploration.
|I've had students watch sunsets for many days, noting differences,|
practicing different words and styles of response.
|Weather changes can inspire mood descriptions, and|
a different look at the word "beauty".
|Like the first photo, finding a unique place to write is good|
for students to discover about themselves.
|Beauty found specific to the writer is the challenge.|
One thing I've done is to have students take photos,
then print & write.
|A special place for gathering and eating nourishes everyone.|
I kept a big pile of old blankets for the class to carry outside
to eat lunch together on the grass.
|This is just me sharing my last view on the way to |
the airport. Gorgeous view.
I know it's impossible to create my week away, a week with few other obligations. It truly was a "getaway", yet as I lived through the week, I kept thinking how each part that inspired me could be connected in some way back at school. I hope you'll find some inspiration here too.