Can we write poems?
Miss, we miss working out rhymes
For wordy sweet chimes.
As a teacher, I find that I spend a lot of my time creating starter activities, to settle students as they come into the room and wait to be registered. Normally, I do something that involves some retrieval practice, but this week I’ve thrown in a bit of short poetry.
And the response has surprised me, because most of my students have been busy with their head down and sometimes unwilling to move onto the actual lesson.
I got my Year 7 class to have a go at a limerick and it took my twenty minutes to get them onto what they should actually be doing because they wouldn’t stop asking me if ‘pool’ rhymes with ‘soon’. (No, it does not).
I think that a bit of poetry and creative writing is definitely on the cards. The literature student in me always wants to analyse, but there are times when all that is called for is a haiku.