Lots on lately so I’m way behind with my posting. Have a few more poems to share with you over the coming weeks but today I want to tell you about an experience I had last week.
I had the opportunity to share one of my poems with a class of children. This was in an interview lesson, for a teaching post where I was required to teach a 30 minute lesson on a subject of my choice.
Here is the poem I shared with them (on this occasion I didn’t tell the children that it was a poem I had written):
“My unicorn is silver.”
“My unicorn is gold.”
“My unicorn is kind.”
“My one does as he’s told.”
“My unicorn can do magic.”
“My unicorn can swim.”
“My unicorn does clever tricks.”
“Mine can sing a hymn.”
“My Unicorn can make a rainbow.”
“Mine can bring the sun.”
“My unicorn was in the grand national.”
“So was mine and he won.”
“I don’t care about your unicorn,
Mine is better than yours”
“I haven’t really got a unicorn, silly!
I’ve got dinosaurs!”
The children made some lovely comments on why they enjoyed the poem. One child commented on the way that the two children in the poem were arguing and one child liked the way it rhymed.
The children’s task was to make up their own boasting poem in pairs about their pretend pet. I had a little bag of mini cuddly toys to choose from, which the children loved and I gave them one per table, (each chosen by putting their hand in the bag). If they really wanted to write about another animal, I gave them the option to do so. Before the children set to work, I got them to come up with ideas orally, boasting to each other, and writing lines/key words on their whiteboards so they could remember them when they started to write. Then after a while I encouraged them to begin writing their poem. The children had some great ideas and used some lovely language too. They didn’t get to finish their poems while I was there as time was limited but they wanted to come back to them later.
I loved the children’s enthusiasm and got a real buzz from how they responded to the poem and how they were keen to start writing their own. I was limited to 30 minutes because of time constraints but this session could go on for an hour or so.
I would love to share more of my work with children and intend to do so very soon. In the meantime, feel free to use this idea in your own classroom with your own students. If you do, let me know how you get on.
Thank you for reading,