Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Counting the Days....


My speech season is almost over. Saturday is our state contest. Once contest is over, I will have much more free time. The poem below contains references to pieces my students are performing this year...

5 Days and Counting
Arriving before most
Leaving long after the others.

5 Days and Counting
"Caps, Caps for Sale"
and
"I'm too young to have the ears of a rabbit."

5 Days and Counting
Do Not Go Gently Hazel and Gus
and
Tiny's voice of love

5 Days and Counting
"MacBeth shall sleep no more "
and
"Cause we're Tuesday people"

5 Days and Counting
Kids popping in during classes
and
The room that is never empty

5 Days and Counting
Laughter
Political conversations
Laughter
My kids

240 days and counting....



19 comments:

  1. So-five days full of wishes from me to you and your speech kids! I would live to hear them & your poem with hints of their topics is great. You must be excited, but also tired, ready to finish. Good luck with this, Deb!

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  2. Your poem is just full of jumbled excitement and anticipation! Best of luck for the next five days!

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  3. I can feel the anticipation grow. 5 days seems so far away and so close at the same time. Good luck!

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  4. Another cool structure in a poem from you. Caps for Sale was one of my very favorite books as a kid, and I still love it. Hang in there for five more days.

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  5. Hi Deb,
    I've just been reading and scrolling and reading more on your blog. I love your voice and your slices. The way you use humor and how you always, always get to the heart of things. I'm glad you kept writing after the challenge last year, and I'm thankful to continue getting to know you "slice by slice."
    Hope the end of speech season is a good one!
    Ruth

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  6. I just adore the snapshots of words from your room. Lovely!

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  7. Those speech kids are going to kick butt! That Tiny's Voice of Love sounds entertaining that's for sure.

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    1. Thanks Christine--wish you were around now. I'm a much better coach.....

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  8. Wish I could be there in 5 days! It sounds so exciting from what you put into words.

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  9. I love how you interspersed "5 Days and Counting" with all the little snippets of what's happening in your room. The last stanza of what's really powerful about your relationship with your students was great! Good luck to them all!

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  10. I loved this, especially when I went back to the top and read your note. Duhhh... we tell our students to do this, but I forgot! :)
    How exciting for you and the students.... good luck!!
    Chris

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  11. I am such a sucker for repetition. There's something about it that gets me every time. Right now I'm counting the days until state testing is over.

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  12. I second Katie's though on repetition -- the musician in me, I guess. Love the structure the balance -- in between the repeated elements, your poem breathes and brings in life. Nice! :)

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  13. Great use of repetition,it makes me think of practicing a speech over and over until it's just right!

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  14. I want to hear these speeches! Is that a piece from The Fault in Our Stars?? I am so jealous (not of the work, of course)! It is so cool to see through your writing how special this part of your work is to you and your speech kids. Keep enjoying every last gorgeous minute of the season!

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  15. Yep Christy. I have 2 students doing pieces from The Fault in Our Stars and Will Grayson. My kids love John Green!

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  16. Good luck Deb. I have confidence in you and your kids.

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  17. Best of luck at your competition this weekend! They sound interesting!

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  18. Deb,
    Love how you integrated the words from the kids' pieces into your poem. And I love that there are people like you teaching at the high school level. Can't even tell how much this mom of two high school boys appreciates the kindred spirits who watch over my boys in high school. Hope this weekend goes well for you…

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