Friday, June 17, 2011

today's menu

As for many of us who teach, my last day of school has come and gone and all that's left is the cleaning up. I have more cleaning up than most, since circumstances require me to box up all my classroom possessions--but it's a great relief that I finally know what to write on the labels! I'll be moving schools and teaching kindergarten full-time next year.

So, goodbye to a sweet & sour year, to a warm and wonderful school community that I really didn't want to leave, and hello to a whole new proposition...

On the Menu for School Today

Label planets
in our sky.
Learn how numbers
Count coins.
String beads.
Shake bells.
Plant seeds.
Map constellations
a flowerpot.
Say a poem.
Spell b-u-t-t-e-r-f-l-y.
Shout hello.
Wave good-bye.

~Rebecca Kai Dotlich
from Falling Down the Page, ed. Georgia Heard, 2009

My summer goals are to work on a refreshed concept for an old group of poems (thanks to the inspirations and suggestions of my fellow conferees at David Harrison's workshop in Boyds Mills) and to post here at least three times a week. And also to really follow the folks I "follow"--I always get so much out of your posts.
"Thak you for bing mi tethr! <3 <3 <3"

Poetry Friday at Check It Out with Jone today, who has her own goodbye to say. Let evening come.


  1. A fulltime kindergarten teacher sounds perfect for you. Congrats! I can't wait to hear all the details. I'm also excited about your 3 times a week posting schedule and look forward to lots of good summer blog reading here.

  2. Happy to hear you'll be teaching full-time in the Fall! Have a great summer :).

  3. Best wishes with your new adventure for next year! Lucky kindergarteners. And a perfect poem to share from Rebecca, whose wit and wisdom we all soaked up at our retreat here in Georgia last weekend.

  4. Congrats on knowing what you'll be doing in the fall! I hope things will be a bit more settled. Great rhythm in that poem.

  5. congrats on the assignment. always so much better to enter the summer knowing what the fall will bring.

    looking forward to your 3x/wk postings!

  6. Thanks for the post on my blog. This must be one of those "small world" moments. I enjoyed your selection.

  7. Congrats again!!

    Good to know what's on the menu so you can decide how much to heap on your plate!! Looking forward to your summer postings!


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