Monday, March 4, 2013

#4 of 31 Snow Day: Student Style


Although there is a Winter Storm Warning right now for my county in Iowa, we are in school (thank heavens, because we probably won't be here tomorrow). The first question of the day was, "When are we getting out, Mrs. Day?" (I know, hard to believe it isn't about what we are learning in class). Kids have been tweeting their pleas for getting out early. So, in the spirit of the day, I asked a couple of classes to give me all the reasons we should get out early, then I took a couple of the tweets and made up a poem.


Bankin' on an early out,
so I'm lookin' like a bum.
Not believin' we  had school.
The weather and roads are dumb.

Early out! Please?

It's crappy and it's Monday, 
and I don't want to be here.
The sidewalks they are icy,  
and I fell right on my rear.

Early out! Please?

The wild turkeys are callin',
A snow tiger  on the loose,  
Two cars slid into the ditch. 
Wait! I think I saw a moose.

Early out! Please?

Flying monkeys are coming
A zombie apocalypse too
The end of the world is near
And my toes are turnin' blue.

Early out! Please?

22 comments:

  1. This was funny. The snow tiger on the loose and meeting the moose are very good reasons for an early release.

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  2. In my mind I read it like a rap, with all the extra noise that usually accompanies raps. Love, love, "the snow tiger on the loose." I hope the storm subsides enough so everyone can make it home safely. I'll be watching the national news to see the raging storm passing you and grateful for my 60 degrees and sunshine today.

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  3. Zombie apocalypse....HA! Way to work the Wiz in there too!

    I can hear the whining student voice......that same ones I've been hearing all day!

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  4. Deb, I'm like Elsie, I read it like rap. You did a great job taking the kids tweets and making them into a fun poem. Hope you are all safe from the snow and ice and that the storm will pass by quickly.

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  5. What a great idea...and kids are pretty creative with those tweets. Enjoy your snow day!

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  6. A fun way to create a poem - their reasoning? Not so strong. Need to work on "marshaling an argument" because snow tigers and a moose? Hmm... but I loved it anyway!

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  7. What a fun way to engage your students! We've had no snow this year, so I'm a little bummed to keep reading about snow in other places. Oh well, maybe next year!

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  8. Crazy fun poem! What is it about the promise of snow that fills teachers and students with anticipation. I hear it is coming our way also. : ) Our K kids read Willow and the Snow Day Dance...so fun and it worked!

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  9. I learn so much from you!!!I told one of my blogging students (whose post you had commented) that she is a really creative teacher from Iowa! That is so true! Hopefully you'll get to enjoy a snow day tomorrow! We have had a few this winter.

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  10. This made me crack up! I heard it more like the Beastie Boys than a rap ;). A moose? Really...? Nice argument.

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  11. I remember that early out chant! The older I got, the more nervous I was to deal with snowfall on the way home.
    Bonnie

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  12. I am torn! I want the snow day/delay, but I don't want to have to make it up later! Can't we have it all???

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  13. Such a cute poem! One of my teachers in high school used to write "THE BUSES ARE COMING!!!" on the blackboard and spread the news that we were getting out early all over school... whenever it started to snow the tiniest bit. It was his big joke. (I still email him when it snows, just to say "THE BUSES ARE COMING!")

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    1. We do things like that all the time. I always tell students when they ask that they are warming up the buses. Today when students asked one of our Math teachers if we were getting out early, he told them yes, we were getting out at 2:75. When the kids figured out it was 3:15 they just groaned.

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  14. When I taught in Wisconsin years ago, we never missed school for snow or subzero weather. Only one day, did we let school out early, and I had late bus duty so was there the whole time anyway. Maybe if we'd written poems like these to appeal to the superintendent we'd have gotten our days off! Hated driving in the snow to and from school.

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  15. Make learning meaningful, I love it. I love how you took a distraction and turned it into something productive.

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  16. My daughters came home complaining last Tuesday after hearing that two other schools in the district were released early - it wasn't true, but there was a whole twitter campaign to "Free" them.
    HS kids are so funny!

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  17. Love that last with the zombies & the apocalypse-suspect the students did, too! Our new head of school is from Alaska, and tells students that we won't have a snow day unless he sees a moose in the yard. Well, each of these years (2) he's been with us, kids draw all kinds of moose, just to remind him.
    Wonderful to laugh out loud-great poem.

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  18. We have a SNOW DAY tomorrow! I think your poem was a good omen. I love the humor and increasing desperation in those lines of poetry.

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