He smiled!

15 Mar

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On Friday, I wrote about a student who wrote used his Writer’s Notebook time to write about how much he hated my class. I was trying, unsuccessfully, to write a villanelle. Well, today, he smiled, so I wrote a villanelle to celebrate.

He smiled a bit, today, in class

The Boy who hates Humanities

The other students cheered en masse

 

They would not give his turn a pass

And so, his tablemates to please

He smiled a bit, today, in class

 

They would not hear his mumbling sass

Not those happy personalities

The other students cheered en masse

 

And so he did it, bold as brass

And uttering no profanities

He smiled a bit, today, in class

 

Since he didn’t do it to harass

Or assuage onlookers’ vanities

The other students cheered en masse

 

He smiled and ended the impasse

Of his dark negativities

He smiled a bit, today, in class

The other students cheered en masse

 

 

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10 Responses to “He smiled!”

  1. alwaysgoinghome March 15, 2016 at 4:53 am #

    Sometimes a smile is good enough. In this case, I think it’s great, after what you saw on Friday.

    I am inspired by the fact that you actually got some writing done as your students were writing. Always a goal, but rarely accomplished on this end. I struggle so much with that…

    The villanelle form is so difficult. You’re tackling many challenges in this post!

  2. elsie March 15, 2016 at 6:09 am #

    Celebrate the smile! And you can smile because you were able to create a villanelle!

  3. 3011mileswestofvt March 15, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    It’s the stacking up of all the little things that are the big things. Ah that smile…and your great poem!

  4. arjeha March 15, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    What a great celebration for the Ides of March.

    • Adrienne March 15, 2016 at 9:33 am #

      I was wrapped up thinking about Pi day yesterday, I forgot today was the Ides of March!

  5. jhaworthoy March 15, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    Since I have not been on the Slice for a couple of days, I went back to read your post about this student. How wonderful that today, he smiled. That is a first step…and who knows, it might be all you get…but a smile is worth so much. He sounds like he doesn’t like much of anything and just maybe you have cracked into his wall of not liking your class, and he will begin to enjoy it.

  6. Alice Nine March 15, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    A great piece: Well-done in villanelle form and a theme in every teacher-heart. I’m thinking: A mentor text for a poetry lesson with some great vocabulary for an extra challenge.

  7. Emily Culbertson March 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    That villanelle!! Wowza! Take a bow. I am inspired. And congrats on the smile. As Taylor Swift says, “a haters gonna hate”, but you must have some magic to turn that around!

  8. caroline524 March 15, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

    Love how you were able to capture that teachable moment! Great work.

  9. mrssurridge March 15, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    Do the happy dance! Success wrapped up in a smile. Those are the cherish-able moments for which we wait and then celebrate.

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