Poetry of Place and Moment
Encouraging students to slow down and notice their response to a place and a moment in time helps them bring their personal perspectives onto the page and create lasting memories. Turning everyday moments into poems can bring more meaning into our lives. When students include poems and creative writing in their journals, it can be a powerful experience of learning and sharing together. The roots of many poems can begin with the tools fundamental to inquiry—noticing, wondering, and making creative connections. Anything can become the subject of a poem when we observe it, then add memories, questions, or connections to ideas. This scaffold for writing poems gives students an approach they can use again and again to support their creative expression and integrate poetry into their journaling tool kit.