Summer PD Update: Poetry Jar

At the beginning of the summer, I set a few summer professional development goals. Despite working full-time, I’ve managed to squeeze in some time to get a few things crossed off my checklist. (Isn’t that always how it goes?)

Poetry Friday

As it is Poetry Friday (this week hosted by Keri Recommends) I wanted to share my newly created Pinterest-inspired Poetry Jar.

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In the classroom, I’ll also have these request forms next to the jar:

Name of Poem:


Requested by (if you wish to disclose):

Do you wish to read the poem (circle one):   YES    NO

The poetry jar will be a place for student recommendations for the poem of the day. Not only will students get to have ownership of the classroom, they get to become involved with poetry and the classroom routines.

While student teaching I tried to share a poem of the day, but it didn’t work well with my 6 preps and lack of infrastructure. With the poetry jar, I will have a physical reminder to make poetry a priority in the classroom.

I’ve also been working on a collection of poems I think the students will enjoy. I’ve been searching online and looking through several books for good poems…but that’s an update for another Friday!

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