Poem A Day:

This is a really awesome song that a student of mine shared with me this year- and used as background music for a wonderful video blog he made this year.
The lyrics really capture the vibe I want the students to have today: Today they have final drafts of their Macbeth Essays due. Instead of collecting them, I decided to do a whole day of one-on-one conferencing with the students first. I told them to share their drafts with each other in small groups while I was conferencing. Today is all about finding your voice and saying what you want to say, powerfully. 
Here are the lyrics from the first verse of this song:
First things first
I’ma say all the words inside my head
I’m fired up and tired of the way that things have been, oh ooh
The way that things have been, oh ooh
Second thing
Second, don’t you tell me what you think that I can be
I’m the one at the sail, I’m the master of my sea, oh ooh
The master of my sea, oh ooh
I was broken from a young age
Taking my soul into the masses
Write down my poems for the few
That looked at me took to me, shook to me, feeling me
Singing from heart ache from the pain
Take up my message from the veins
Speaking my lesson from the brain
Seeing the beauty through the pain


I told them that the goal in sharing their essays today was not to give feedback to their peers, but instead to read what their peers had to say and see how they said it- the objective was to get exposure to more ideas and ways of organizing and expressing those ideas.
Students also engaged in a voluntary dialogue on the seminar notes from last class to continue some of the lines of thought that we didn’t have time for during the seminar. Mind-blowing.

Active Engagement:

In conferencing with students, I was so excited to see how their work has grown this year. Much of this day was a celebration. Very exciting and this will lead well into my next unit: Finding your True Self.



Students were reminded to submit final essays (for real this time) by next class and I answered any questions.


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