Now I fly with the dog in the sky….

One of the greatest joys of my life came from my poetry residency at Clark Elementary School in Franklin, Indiana. Going to the classrooms (and gathering in large groups) to teach poetry writing in a way that differed from the standard teachers’ instructor manuals was a blast! I could see the children’s minds and imaginations pop open! They felt the freedom of true creativity. We would follow the manual a bit – for example, if we were required to create a cinquain, we did, but it was not your run-of-the-mill “school cinquain”. My goal was to turn routine exercises/lessons into something new and exciting. The teachers were very supportive. I think you can see how wide open the children’s imaginations became when you read this free verse poem about art….

Third Grade 1-24-03 - pretending we are the paper that becomes the painting

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