There are more nuances at work in this scenario, of course, but this is how things are looking this week, the week when we strove through a 75-minute class meeting aimed at resolving a giant playground conflict involving two-thirds of the class. Everybody talked; nobody passed.
On the other hand, perhaps my mouthy teaching style also begets this poem for not one but TWO voices by Madelinne. She's a shy and gentle soul whose journey toward English literacy has been quiet, long and effortful. But if my hourly wrestle for the Talking Stick has anything to do with this beautiful breakthrough of confidence and voice, it is all worth it.
It was her idea, at the end of our 2-week study of poems for two voices; it was my suggestion to begin with "Hello, world"; it was her proud excitement to come and show me that "I wrote it all myself!"
The round-up today is with Amy at The Poem Farm. Her "First Catch" is the poem I use to kick off our Poems for Two Voices project, and it works beautifully for teaching point of view--emotionally engaging, basic enough for even the least experienced readers, rich enough to inspire the most experienced. Thanks, Amy, for this and every other wonder you put out there for our kids and their voices!