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March 18, 2015

Trying Something New

Filed under: Uncategorized — mvervinck @ 12:59 am

I decided to try one of the suggestions given earlier this month.  I wrote a paragraph first:

Every have one of those days, when you sit down to write and nothing comes to mind.  Staring at a blank computer screen, thinking back about the day – still nothing.  What did I do today?  Well, I got up and had breakfast with the kids.  Then, after they left for school, I got ready for work.  I couldn’t figure out what to wear, so I kept trying on outfits until one felt right.  Then, I dropped by the drugstore to drop off a prescription so that I could pick up the medicine on my way home from work.  Off I go, down the highway and to work.  I walk in the classroom and turned on the computer.  Someone must have updated the computer because I got to sit there and watch the computer complete its updating task.  Thirteen minutes later, I finally was able to organize my PowerPoint so that class began on time.  We talked about slips of the tongue and IPA sounds and symbols.  We said sounds and transcribed words from IPA to English and from English to IPA.  I actually had to tell my students to talk!  It is very difficult to transcribe words if the sounds are not pronounced.  Once class was finished, I headed to lunch.  I decided on Mexican today.  Then, I headed back to main campus.  I was almost there when I glanced at the clock and realized that I was not going to get a parking spot at that time of day anywhere close to my office.  I gave it a valiant try, but I decided to head home instead of my office.  Either I could spend time walking to my office from a parking spot far, far away, or I could just go home and get to work.  I spent some time answering emails, grading speaking responses, and talking on the phone.  I did get a lot done!  Finally, my husband and kids came home, and I shut down my computer.  It was time to spend some time catching up with my family to see how their day went.  

Then, I went back and crossed out words to create a poem.  Here is my slice of poetry about my day:

Every have one of those days

nothing comes to mind.

Staring at a blank computer screen

still nothing.

What did I do today?

Got up,

breakfast with the kids,

got ready for work,

kept trying on outfits

(one felt right),

drop off a prescription

off I go to work.

In the classroom,

turn on the computer

sit there and watch the computer

update.

Thirteen minutes later,

class begins on time.

Slips of the tongue,

IPA sounds and symbols

transcribed words from IPA to English

from English to IPA.

Tell my students to talk!

Class finishes,

head to lunch,

Mexican today.

Back to main campus,

glance at the clock,

I am not going to get a parking spot.

Give it a valiant try,

go home and get to work.

Answering emails, grading speaking responses, and talking on the phone.

My husband and kids come home.

Shut down my computer

time to spend some time catching up.

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4 Comments »

  1. Nice strategy for creating a poem. This will work for kids too! How did it feel? Did you like the result? Good for you trying and inspiring.

    Comment by jodimahoney — March 18, 2015 @ 1:05 am | Reply

    • It was suggested in an earlier post on Two Writing Teachers, so there is another example there. I enjoyed it. It is a very easy way to create a poem. Poetry really isn’t what I like to write, but I would do this again.

      Comment by mvervinck — March 18, 2015 @ 1:31 am | Reply

  2. Love the way this turned out!!! I am going to try it on a future post! Thanks for passing on the idea!

    Comment by BSoltero — March 18, 2015 @ 1:34 am | Reply

  3. What a fun way to write a poem. I really enjoyed reading it.

    Comment by Crystal — March 21, 2015 @ 4:23 am | Reply


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