Read with Passion!: “Roslindale event was poetry in motion”

I can’t believe that Rozzie Reads Poetry  generated so much interested. The Roslindale Transcript printed an article about the event online, and it was also featured in the print version of the paper. See – poetry is headline news in our Roslindale community!

 

Expository Writing: How To Complete a Word Search Puzzle

Pearl and I used shared writing to compose an expository “how-to” writing piece. In this video, Pearl explains her steps for solving a word search puzzle using her written piece as well as the word search puzzle itself.

Pearl’s Personal Narrative

Today Pearl and I completed her personal narrative, titled “The Day I Almost Drowned”.

Mrs. Dines: Hi Pearl. Can you tell me about what you did today?

Pearl: I made a plan.

Mrs. Dines: How did you make a plan?

Pearl: I made a list of plans.

Mrs. Dines: What was on the list?

Pearl: Stories.

Mrs. Dines: Then, what did you do?

Pearl: Picked one of the stories.

Mrs. Dines: Then, what did you do?

Pearl: Organized it. We were writing the story again and making a video. We made a movie, and we were done.

Mrs. Dines: Was it easy, medium, or hard?

Pearl: Hard because I had to write a whole passage.

 

“I Am From…” Poetry By Pearl

Pearl is my 9-year-old student here in the Dominican Republic, where I will be for the next two and a half weeks. She is participating in Mrs. Dines’ Writing Bootcamp. Today we wrote a poem together called “I Am From” using this template. Although Pearl knows a lot of English from her family, she has never attended school in English. This is her first poem written in English, and it was accomplished through shared writing – Pearl told me her ideas, I wrote them down, and then she practiced the poem and read it for the video camera.

Mrs. Dines: So, Pearl, how did we make this poem together?

Pearl: First, we made a plan to write a poem and make a movie. Then, we posted it on YouTube.

Mrs. Dines: Why did we write a poem together?

Pearl: To make a movie.

Mrs. Dines: Was it easy to make a movie?

Pearl: No because I had to repeat it and repeat it over and over again.

Mrs. Dines: How do you feel that you made a video for YouTube?

Pearl: Good because I had a little help.

Rozzie Reads Poetry: Taking Poetry to the Streets!

Rozzie Reads Poetry took place on August 2, 2012 from 7 pm – 8 pm. Residents of our Roslindale community read poetry in public places around the square. This event was sponsored by Friends of the Roslindale Library and by Roslindale Village Main Streets. The Roslindale Community Center hosted our pre-event meeting spot in their wonderful air conditioning.

What happened?

About 25 readers came out in white and gold to the streets of Roslindale to read poetry to the masses. Our readers read at 4 different locations around Roslindale Square. We read poems from famous poets, such as e.e. cummings and Robert Frost, as well as poems from local poets. One of our readers even read a poem written by her best friend who lives in Seattle! This event was very special because it showed that adults in our community are role models of literacy who are willing to take risks and put themselves out there in order to share a passion for poetry. Tonight I really teared up at one point (behind my sunglasses, of course) because people came together for the simple reason of loving poetry. It was so great to see adults and children listening to poetry from inside their cars with the windows down and stopping as they passed by on the street.

What’s possible?

Imagine if this became a regular event in our community. Every child would grow up with poetry in their lives. They would see the world around them as a place where poetry lives, and it would become a part of them. Let’s do it again, everybody! Of course, I will let Jude, Phyllis, Laura, Sarah, Georgia, David, David, and Cathy handle all of the hard stuff…I will just come up with the next dress code.

The Village Market

Daniel Johnson, Executive Director of  826 Boston reads outside of the Village Market.

The Clock on Birch Street

Jude Goldman reads at the clock on Birch Street.

Redd’s in Rozzie

Poets read on the patio at Redd’s in Rozzie.

Minerva’s Owl

Christine Cignoli reads Invictus, and the longest memorized poem of the night was [anyone lived in a pretty how town] by e.e. cummings.

From ELLs to MELTs: Mr. Santana, Mr. Lara, Ms. Crispin, and Ms. Morrissett

I spent the past five weeks teaching the Catapult Learning Mathematics Level 6 program at my school‘s summer English Language Learners program. My students have transformed from ELLs to MELTs…Mathematics and English Language Teachers. As part of their final examination for the course, I required students to teach a problem to the class.  I have so much respect for my students because they are able to explain an abstract and complex cognitive task while speaking to an audience of their peers in a second language. In these videos, you cannot see the audience, but as an eyewitness, I can tell you that their listeners were fully engaged. So much so that they didn’t even notice when school ended fifteen minutes late, and neither did I.

Mr. Santana 

I have worked with Mr. Santana since he entered the 6th grade two years ago. Mr. Santana was able to engage the class through his sense of humor, eye contact, and clear demonstration. I love his emphasis on order – he even writes it on the board; isn’t that what mathematics is all about?

Mr. Lara

When I first met Mr. Lara at the beginning of the summer, he told me that he did not like me because I want to have everything my way and “that is just not always possible”.  I found his statement compelling and insightful. After all, it’s true that I cannot be in total control of other people, even my own students. He actually sounded just like me at his age. I told Mr. Lara that he did not need to like me, but he did need to meet my expectations in the classroom. Guess what? Despite some issues with tardiness, Mr. Lara turned out to be a wonderful student – smart and interesting. He made me a better teacher because his statement caused me to reflect on how I could let students have control of the classroom while maintaining a focus on the academics at hand. Mr. Lara’s video shows his capabilities with providing a clear and succinct explanation using academic English.

Ms. Crispin

Ms. Crispin began the last school year in a classroom for SIFE (Students with Interrupted Formal Education) students. Her video clearly demonstrates perseverance – although she was nervous and shy, reverting to informal English when her confidence waned – she got through this presentation. After the recording ended, she was so surprised when I told her that she had demonstrated the problem correctly. Ms. Crispin spent a lot of time studying the multiplication table this summer, and I am proud of how she integrated this knowledge into her presentation of division. Interesting Fact: Ms. Crispin loves anime, and she can speak some Japanese!

Ms. Morissett

Sometimes when I see myself teach, I feel really sorry for my students. I know how demanding I am, but I feel like I get great results sometimes. Ms. Morissett came into my class this summer with very limited skills, but she studied, studied, studied, and here she is teaching…after a pretty harsh warm-up. She is the very definition of persistence – even when she struggled and had some incorrect calculations, she was able to recover and self-correct. I absolutely love her determination. Watch out, world…here she comes!

In other news…

Rozzie Reads Poetry is TOMORROW! I will be reciting “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes Check out my ad: