I have used this writing technique, thanks to the great spoken poet Sarah Kay, with my students at beginning of the school year when we start our narrative poetry unit. When I first switched school districts and learned of the MAISA units, I was not a fan of the idea of starting the school year with poetry. Poetry is what I always did at the end of the year. But sometimes, changing things up is a good thing. Now I really enjoy starting the school year with poetry. It is a fantastic way to get to know my students. Many are hesitant to write poetry, groaning and complaining about how much they hate it, but soon most are writing confidently and creatively about their lives and interests.
Here are 10 Things I Know to Be True Today:
- I was really disappointed we did not get a snow day this morning.
- I don’t want to make up any school days in June.
- I am pumped that the last day of school is on my birthday.
- I love ranch dressing and will not give it up for any diet in the world.
- I’m finding more joy in cooking and baking lately.
- I don’t know how my parents seemed so put together when we were young.
- I never feel like I have my sh*t together.
- People just act like they have their sh*t together, but nobody really does.
- My kids are weird and hilarious. (Evidence: After dinner my youngest crawled on his belly down the hall to the bathroom to wash his hands because he was pretending to sneak up on the bad guys).
- I’m going to get a new tattoo for my birthday every year until I turn 50.