When I started teaching back in 1969, computers were unheard of, there was no air conditioning, and the front wall of my classroom was covered with black slate chalk boards. It has been a challenging journey navigating through the changes that never cease.
I always tried to incorporate hands on learning in my classroom. We did crafts, had a painting easel, and did lots of cut and paste art work. One year my class had a hot house, raised their own Marigolds and replanted them around the school ground. Then we collected the seeds and saved them for the following year. We watched the mutations from cross-pollination.
As children start back to school, I wonder what Covid-19 and teaching for the test has done to their creativity. I am glad to see them back in the classroom even with the mask precautions. There are things you just can’t learn by virtual learning. It is essential that we don’t forget the importance of hands on learning and playing together.
Days growing shorter
School buses rumble at dawn
Kids can’t wait to learn
Photo; Dwight L. Roth
Today at d’Verse Frank Tassone asked us to write a back to school haibun. I am thankful my teaching days are log past!
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Big yellow school bus
Carried us to school each day
Down county back roads
Every child learned to write cursive
French was the foreign language
Girls preoccupied our minds
Photo: Dwight L. Roth
Lillian, at d’Verse, asked us to think about going back to school and then write a poem of six lines about the a b c’s. We had to pick any six letters of the alphabet in sequential order, and write a poem about school. The ornament above was given to me by one of my students back in 1982.
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Autumn leaves change colors
Students begin new school year
Retired teachers smile
Parents take a long deep breath
New challenges await all
Teachers Change the World
Photos of my students: Dwight L. Roth
This flashback is for Frank Tassone’s Haikai challenge. He asked us to write a poem that included autumn/Labor Day/ School. This is a project I had my students do many years ago. They had to make a bird nest and put a real egg in it. Then they had to find a spot on the school ground where they thought it would be safe. At the end of the week we checked to see how many survived. Fun times before “teaching the test days!”
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