Monday, February 23, 2009


Every year I give my students the assignment to explore the major events of their lives through various genres of writing. As one of those genres, I ask them to write a poem about themselves and their philosophies of life. I am always amazed by the things they come up with.

One of my students today wrote, "I say that life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forward." Don't I know it.

Below, I have posted my own version of the poem (I use it as an example when I introduce the assignment to them). Consider your own answers. It's fun...I promise.


I am a teacher and a student.
I wonder who built the box that we’re supposed to think outside of.
I hear a Broadway song blasting on my car stereo.
I see the spotlight hitting a newly painted stage on opening night.
I want to stand behind a waterfall and feel power of nature.
I am a teacher and a student.
I pretend that I am a famous author when I’m writing a story.
I feel anxious when I’m trying to make a big decision.
I touch the fog that rolls into the valley by my house at night.
I worry that I’m not doing my best.
I cry when I think that I've hurt someone's feelings.
I am a teacher and a student.
I understand that everything turns out alright in the end...even if not in this life.
I say that life is meant to be enjoyed, and we should all laugh more.
I dream of working for my own non-profit organization.
I try to change the world, one person at a time.
I hope that I can inspire others to care about the world, too.
I am a teacher and a student.


Robyn said...

Great poem! I always love to read your writing. Thanks for sharing part of yourself. You are a beautiful person!

Ashley said...

Oh, I love the I AM poem. You're writing is so good! Of course, everything you do is great! Can I be like you when I grow up? :)

Ann said...

You made me cry! It's ok it was a good cry. :-) Love this - I'm going to do a poem too!

Carol said...

I know I AM very proud of a daughter who can take the challenges of life and turn them into opportunities for growth. You inspire me!