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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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Kara Houser's picture

There is a school in the Midwest
Where the students all think their school is the best
We have a longer day
Which is more than some can say
The teachers say that their methods are the best!

Dr. Kevin T. Goddard's picture
Dr. Kevin T. Goddard
Superintendent at Eminence R-1 School District in Missouri

Has anyone else noticed most of these "solutions" are complaints about things we cannot change as educators? Things like SES, home problems, underfunding, politicking, etc. are beyond our control. We need to focus on the things we can change for our students such as empowerment, engagement, efficacy, high expectations, agency, educator quality, urgency, professional development, capacity and on and on. There are plenty of things we can do to improve education rather than fret over the things we can't. But then again, maybe it's the ones who don't have the tools and skills to improve that look at external factors as barriers to success rather than internal factors as the solution to success.

Kara Houser's picture

There is a school in the Midwest
Where the students all think their school is the best
We have a longer day
Which is more than some can say
The teachers say that their methods are the best!

Terri Browning's picture
Terri Browning
HS Language Arts from Oxford, Kansas

I once had a student, LaVerne
In typical ways she'd not learn.
We tried multiple styles
And gave DI a trial
So more self-confidence LaVerne did earn.

Terri Browning's picture
Terri Browning
HS Language Arts from Oxford, Kansas

Each student is different we know
and what works with each one is also.
We improve how we teach
and find new ways to reach
those students who used to say "No!"

Terri Browning's picture
Terri Browning
HS Language Arts from Oxford, Kansas

Just one single voice is mine
But the impact I make can shine!
I do the best work I can
Support cohorts - I'm a fan!
We blend in a symphony divine.

Mary's picture

If reform is the name of the game
then we need to stop placing the blame
on everyone else,
take a look at ourself
and ask "What can I do to change?"

Fred Sharpsteen's picture

There once was a teacher in school
who thought that he was cool
till a student show him some new tech
that made him say what the heck
and he changed his teaching pedagogy

Deb Salter's picture
Deb Salter
High school English teacher in Georgia

We should spend so much more on the bright
They remind us to keep up the fight
Using brains, hands, and tools
They break status quo rules
It is they that will make the world right

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