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Poetry Contest: Write a Limerick on How We Can Improve Education

Poetry Contest: Write a Limerick on How We Can Improve Education

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April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate the month, we're having a fun poetry contest.

Here's how it works:

:: Post your limerick on how to best improve education below :: Invite others to vote on your limerick. To vote, simply click on the thumbs up icon in the top right-hand corner of the post. :: At the end of the month, the top five limericks with the most "thumbs ups" will have their limerick promoted on edutopia.org's homepage and in our enewsletter! Plus, you'll get a fabulous bag of art/poetry-inspired goodies!

Let the Limericks begin! Deadline is April 30 at midnight PDT.

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Magdalena Fitzsimmons's picture
Magdalena Fitzsimmons
Gifted and Talented Programs, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD

There once was a lady named Maggie,
She taught kids and was a bit wacky.
Though the teaching was rough,
And the students were tough,
Humor worked and the learning soared magically!

Penelope Vos's picture
Penelope Vos
Primary teacher from Australia, author of "Talking to the Whole Wide World"

[quote][quote]There once was a system that failed,
which all of the government hailed.

Its search for proficient,

was not quite efficient,

and needed to be rescaled.

But what is a teacher to do

when test results all fall on you?

We should search for an answer

and spread it like cancer,

or maybe just like the swine flu.

So teach all of your lessons with passion,

and disregard standardized "fashion".

Teach relevant things,

give your students their wings,

and nurture their minds with compassion.[/quote][/quote]

Penelope Vos's picture
Penelope Vos
Primary teacher from Australia, author of "Talking to the Whole Wide World"

(I deleted a mistake and am now stuck with this blank box!)

Leland Bryant Ross's picture
Leland Bryant Ross
Director of Biblioteko Culbert, Seattle

My efforts to rotate the thumb
Just make me look silly or dumb

I doubt James is a fan
Of the Holy Quran?

I've my doubts and I wrote about some

(see second post infra for what was originally in this space)

Leland Bryant Ross's picture
Leland Bryant Ross
Director of Biblioteko Culbert, Seattle

[quote][quote]There once was a strategy that didn't work.
So the teacher said happily with a smirk,

"I will ask my colleagues!

They'll know how to achieve,

And learning will take off with a jerk!"[/quote]

The peotery contest will increase the use of grammar and as well as the language of the students, teachers and the other people of the society.

Holy Quran[/quote]Unfortunately I can't see a workable way to give a limerick a thumbs-down vote, and in the process of trying to find one, I inadvertently gave the post an unintentional and undeserved thumbs-UP vote (actually, while the limerick is not great, it's the rest of the post that I wanted to dis). I think it's an entirely inappropriate quasi-racist slam against Muslims. "Increase the use of grammar" my foot; you might as well say this "peotery" will "increase the use of speling".

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
Staff

Hi Nancy -

We're still compiling results but plan to post winners today. Thanks for your patience!

[quote]Have you posted winners yet?[/quote]

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
Staff

In case many of you haven't seen the winners on our homepage last week, we announced the winner here --> http://www.edutopia.org/limerick-contest-winners.

Congrats to the winners and a HUGE thank you to everyone who particpated -- we have some really talented and creative educators out there :)

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