My class had a number of friendship issues which were bubbling to the surface and happened to pop yesterday afternoon into and for my immediate attention. I listened to and questioned my students to uncover what the issues were. I found that they were wanting friendships for good reasons but possibly practicing unhealthy social skills. They understood why they needed friendships but they were struggling with how to act to maintain healthy friendships.
I pondered overnight on an effective way to help my students help themselves. In the morning over our daily arrival coffee, Leigh Ann and I were continuing our delightful never ending discussion about everything and anything. I shared my challenge and she, as usual drew from her wealth of ideas, suggesting I use a Verb Poem. She learned about the “How to be a Shark” poem approach from a Writer’s Workshop. Perfect! A poem format existed that was based on exactly what I wanted them to express in words - HOW. How was about doing so verbs were about to come alive with a relevance I’ve never seen before.
Hi, I am Natasha Hutchins an international teacher collaborating, exploring and sharing ideas with others, like myself from around the world, for our collective professional development and enjoyment of learning and teaching.