"I Am Not Invisible"
I read many student pieces in the course of a year. Many attempts at honesty. Many attempts at poetry. Many attempts at storytelling and personal memoirs.
Never have I become so engrossed in a piece that I quit reading it as a teacher and just read it as a reader. But, this morning, sitting in my comfy pink chair in the front of the room, I dropped my Flair and read an incredible piece of writing.
A memoir told in verse, (17 poems, to be exact.) this student revisited a dramatic incident from her high school life last year. She recounted her side of a story that everyone in the building knows. She told it honestly, with no excuses for her behavior. Just the reasons.
She showed through her words how she has grown through the experience. I understand why she doesn't regret her choices. I applaud her for standing up for herself.
I laughed. I cried. I cheered. I am in awe. It was truly the most fabulous piece of
student writing I have read in a very long time. I wish I could share it with you all. It teaches lessons far beyond her experience.
It haunts me still, hours later.
I can't get it out of my mind.