Every year I embark on poetry writing with my year 7 students at this time of year and we write an I am poem. In order to model this poem we write a poem about me together and students contribute suggestions to the prompts. Every year this reveals the teacher that I am to this cohort and how they see me. The class of 2023 have been very challenging, after all these are the lockdown children, who endured two years of lockdown in Victoria and remote schooling, losing important formative years. And this shows in the behaviour management I have to exhibit. I tell them that the teacher they get is the teacher they bring out in me. So here is a little retrospective of me as a teacher through the eyes of my year 7 classes for the past few years. Here are some poetry writing resources I use in the classroom if teachers want to try.
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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