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Lady With the Yellow Umbrella


In this poem, Shirl McPhillips writes about "learning better how to live" while finding peace and purpose in the midst of adversity.

A Poetry Cafe Celebration

Stella Villalba explains how her poetry cafe program brings families together for a festive event, and helps English language learners develop reading and fluency skills at the same time.  This is the first installment in a two-part series.

An ESL Poetry Cafe Celebration (Part II)

Stella Villalba explains how her poetry cafe program brings families together for a festive event, and helps English language learners develop reading and fluency skills at the same time.  This is the second installment in a two-part series.

Poetry Fridays (and So Much More) for Students and Staff

 Mary Lee Hahn finds Poetry Fridays are about so much more than poetry, or even a pleasant end to the week.  She shares how this activity is a wonderful way to bring together colleagues and students.

Harbinger

Shirley McPhillips draws parallels between a tentative, battered robin in the snow and the fragility of teachers in the spring.

Along Saplines

A poem and reflection to lift your spirits if you have the late-winter blues.

An Uncommon Place

A mulberry tree crashes during a blizzard, creating a surprisingly lovely mental space for Shirl McPhillips to craft her poem.

Revising Titles Minilesson

In this minilesson from Franki Sibberson’s grades 3 and 4 classroom, Franki takes students through the process of selecting and revising titles. She uses the poem “Confessions of a Reader” by Carol Wilcox as a mentor text.

Life on the Edge

"Life on the Edge" compares the energy and purpose of birds in a nest to daily life in classrooms.  It's the perfect metaphor for the fast pace of our teaching lives.

Now is Our Season

Shirl McPhillips so eloquently captures the spirit of the light and dark, hopeful and ambivalent, quiet and purposeful time after the holidays in this poem.

If We Could Meet Again

Shirl McPhillips captures perfectly the "shaking off the old classroom skin" feel of the start of the summer. Shirley's commentary encourages teachers to use time away from students  "to break out, free up, go someplace, and cast off the trappings."

Cap’n George: Mentors Who Matter

Shirley McPhillips finds the mentoring that helps her most as a poet includes principles that are useful in any teaching situation.

What Happens Next

"What Happens Next" from Shirl McPhillips is a poem celebrating the renewal that comes when spring finally arrives – a perfect metaphor for the different seasons of the school year.

Using Poetry to Promote Reading Fluency

Aimee Buckner shares how to use a mentor text to build fluency through poetry.

The Porch in August: Letting It Be

Shirl McPhillips reminds us "in the face of all that tugs at us from the past and from what's to come, we can step into the moments of the day with our students and take pleasure in what we find there." Such wise words for any time we need to hit the pause button in our lives.

Enhance Your Classroom Poetry Collection

Franki Sibberson shares poetry collections that can do double and triple duty across the curriculum, and are favorites of her grades 3-4 students.

Ode to a Sweet Snowy Day for Two

Shirl McPhillips’ poem “Ode to a Sweet Snowy Day for Two” is designed for paired reading. Shirl also gives advice for celebrating poetry as an oral art in classrooms.

Messengers

This is a lovely poem with a message about how poetry can move us, and why it is essential in classrooms.

The Rolling Pin: Looking into Things

Celebrating simple, ordinary things – it’s what poetry and learning are all about.

Old Elm Speaks Conclusion: Connecting Poetry, Observation, and Reading

In this second installment of a three-part video series, Aimee Buckner shows how observation skills, poetry, and reading instruction come together with the mentor text Old Elm Speaks by Kristin O'Connell George. In this final excerpt, students share what they wrote after browsing the book and completing some observations.

Poets on Notebooks Quote Collection

Whether you love to read, write or teach poetry, these quotes will give you something to think about and inspire you.

Old Elm Speaks: Connecting Poetry, Observation, and Reading

In this first installment of a three-part video series, Aimee Buckner shows how observation skills, poetry, and reading instruction come together with the mentor text Old Elm Speaks by Kristin O’Connell George.

Old Elm Speaks Day 2: Connecting Poetry, Observation, and Reading

In this second installment of a three-part video series, Aimee Buckner shows how observation skills, poetry, and reading instruction come together with the mentor text Old Elm Speaks by Kristin O'Connell George.

Poetry Friday! Poetry Books That Are Fun to Read Aloud

What do doughnuts and talk-filled mornings have in common? Learn about this Poetry Friday ritual that impacts independent reading time as well.

Revising Titles Minilesson

In this minilesson from Franki Sibberson’s grades 3 and 4 classroom, Franki takes students through the process of selecting and revising titles. She uses the poem “Confessions of a Reader” by Carol Wilcox as a mentor text.

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