Poetry Friday: A Google Hang-Out with Janet Wong


Today Poetry Friday is hosted by Margaret at Reflections on the Teche.  Thanks, Margaret.

On Wednesday, Janet Wong held a much anticipated Poetry PD training for teacher librarians at my school.  At the end of last school year, copies of The Poetry Friday Anthology: Celebrations were purchased for each elementary school.  It took all year but our group finally got to have an hour with Janet.

She went through a Powerpoint with tips on how to infuse poetry into our thirty minute time slots.  On teacher library said this:

“It gave me really useful information and ideas for using the poetry anthology, and it was a really needed tonic: real literature for kids, connected to the standards, will easily relate to the rest of the staff.
I have missed the literature side of our mission .. this was inspiring.”
At the very end, she asked if we needed any poems.  I suggested something around our Digital Citizenship curriculum from Common Sense Media. 
Janet is amazing and awesome because about an hour later I had two poems for our group. With her permission, I am sharing one.
by Janet Wong
At home
my mother scolds me
because I do not like to share
my toys.
In class
my teacher scolds me
because I do not like to share
the markers.
But here in the library
our librarian tells us
to keep our passwords secret.
No sharing allowed!
The library is my favorite place.
Thanks, Janet.  This gives me a jump off point for some other digital citizen poems.
and keeping the ripple effect of poetry…more posts:
Happy Friday.
Happy Poetry.