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"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.


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

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.