Poetry and Water World
After battling almost an hour of traffic, we made it to Metro Academic Studies down in Atlanta. There is a weird thing where the closer you get to spring break, the worse the traffic gets down in the city. Folks are either passing through or coming to town in the spring. That definitely means longer commutes and earlier wake ups.
Thankfully, after coming off the hectic highway, I had my creative writing class to look forward to. Each writing student had three poetry pieces due today. On deadline days, we host a read-a-round where every piece goes into a pile at the front of the room. Each student picks up a piece of writing (not their own), reads it and gives feedback. I designed a form that requires the peer reader to offer one positive and one constructive comment per piece. Once the peer reader finishes reading the piece and commenting, he or she then picks up another piece and comments until everyone has read every piece of writing. This works well because we only have 10 students in the class! Everybody enjoys the feedback on their papers and they like seeing what their classmates have been up to during workshop time. It is my favorite activity as well. I recognize little bits of my students’ lives showing up in their writing: a trip to Florida, a sibling who has left for college, a new family member. A real time saver for me, I am usually able to read every student piece during the read-a-round activity.
It is no secret that kids are fairly wound up the last day of school before a break. Well, sometime after noon, a giant water main broke next to the school and we could all see the geyser spewing right out the class window! Funny, I never see anyone look out those windows, except today! Then, the power went out and the water pressure quit in the building, so many of my students just hung at the windows, admiring and chatting about the watery spectacle. It was a sight for winter weary eyes. And, being so close to school getting out and break, it was all fine with me.