The students have been working on creating poems about themselves, and some of them expressed an interest in shape/concrete poems. They were so proud! I borrowed the design method from my dad who creates beautiful shape/concrete poem sonnets. He fills in the shape with a single letter and then works in the actual design. For example, for a triangle or side of a tree:
A heavenly creation!
Have some fun with your own shape poems!
Still working on the name. Brain vomit? Brain Barf? Hmm. . .
If a student (or you) is stuck on getting started on a paper, she needs to get those ideas out. (They’re in there!) One way is to loosen them up and set them free is to set the time for 5 minutes, focus on the topic, and get her to spill everything out of her head onto a piece of paper. Tell her it’s ok to write “I don’t know what to write.” “And this is silly.” Whatever helps! But she has to write continuously for 5 minutes.
If she struggles with the mechanics of writing and/or is a particularly good talker, you may want to switch to a sound recorder, like the one I use on my iPod. (It’s possible her writing is too slow for her mind!) Or if she’s faster at typing, have her spill it all out on the keyboard.
Final tip: Do it with her! Take the same topic or something similar and work along side her. It’s a great motivator and model for her to see that it can be done — and it means you’re not just staring at her for those 5 minutes as she writes.
I’ve got a busy mind today. Time to do some brain spillage/vomit/barfing myself to empty out all of those thoughts!
Last week my tutoring students inspired me to write. The perfectionist in me kept me from doing anything about it for a while. The part that says “I am enough” is now getting this down “on paper.”
It all started with one of my students accidentally reading “snailboat” for “sailboat.” Genius!
I quickly came up with this:
“Why ride in a sailboat
When you could ride a snailboat!”
Fun with inventive compound words! Such potential!
Another student began some work with fiction writing. He’s creating a fantasy/sci-fi/historical fiction work. It already sounds great. I found an article on super young authors, which we both found inspiring, though he was only impressed with the bestselling ones!
Finally, a new student told me the entire synopsis of a fantasy piece that she has already started writing. She plans on finishing it in high school. (She’s in elementary school now.) I told her about the young authors article. But she still insists it will be best that way. . .
I had a couple of other thoughts, but I have a cat on my foot, and I’m about to turn into a sweet potato, anyway, and so I remind myself “I am enough. It is enough.” And I bid you all good night. 🙂