Friday, November 9, 2012

good honest work

After last week's wobble, I'm pleased to say that oh me of little faith has enjoyed election elation of a physical nature!  Here in Maryland, in addition to our reliable support of the Democratic candidate for President (a particularly admirable one, in my view), citizens also voted resoundingly for a DREAM Act which eases undocumented immigrant students' access to higher education, and FOR civil marriage rights for same-sex couples.  This last is particularly momentous, since it is the first time that the people (not the courts, not the legislature) of a state have voted directly in favor of marriage equality for their LGBT neighbors.


Compared to many of our friends, we did only a little to educate and inspire, but there was some work involved.  To see our investment of time, money and energy come to fruition leaves (heh heh "leaves") me with a feeling similar to that captured in this poem from Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, which my kindergarteners are currently building at the Pocket Chart and illustrating in their Poetry Anthologies.  She posted it last year and it went straight into my classroom.  Thanks, Amy...and thanks, Maryland!





































If you're a teacher and you want a copy of my "Raking" pocket chart, just let me know and I'll send it to you.  The roundup today is over at Think Kid, Think! with Ed DeCaria--jump in!

7 comments:

Tabatha said...

Was thinking of you this week :-) Timely poem -- love it!

Andromeda Jazmon Sibley said...

That is me this weekend...LOL Great poem; and we live in a GREAT COUNTRY!!! :)

Hannah Ruth Wilde said...

Go Maryland. News that opens one's airways.

Renee LaTulippe said...

Oh, AmyLV....is there anything she writes that's NOT inspiring and delightful? Heidi, I'm not a teacher anymore, but I would LOVE to see your pocket chart for this poem, mainly because I don't know what a pocket chart is (and I'm always curious how teachers present poetry to the littlest people)! :)

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater said...

Oh, Heidi! I am so happy for you and for all of us...what a week! Thank you for allowing my fall poem to help you celebrate. After hard work comes JOY! xo, a.

Mary Lee said...

So many Amy LV's are PERFECT for use with kids! But here's another thrill -- student checked out a book of poetry last week in the school library -- YOURS -- and I got to say, "I know her!!" Kid replies, "You know ALL the best authors!!" Yup. True that.

Author Amok said...

Sweet poem, Heidi. I bet your students loved it. Congratulations to you and the family and our whole state. I am so proud of Maryland!