By Aubrey Murtha – I’ve been learning a crazy amount of material in my Literacy in the Content Areas and Exceptional Needs classes this semester at Marquette, and as a way for me to review the major concepts I’ve come across thus far, I am writing you a poem.
That’s right. Grab your Kleenex because you’re about to be swept away by my inspirational poetic genius. Ha!
So, are acrostic poems considered the highest form of poetry? Yes? Alright, then that is what I will compose. Buckle your seat belts, kids, because this is about to be profound:
“T.E.A.C.H.E.R.: An Acrostic Poem”
T: Teaches students to make real-life connections. After all, what is the use of writing a proof or analyzing Hamlet if students are unable to see how such exercises will benefit them in the long run.
E: Engages students using differentiated instruction.
A: Assesses fairly.
C: Chooses challenging texts for students to read in order to A.) promote literacy through the development of active reading strategies and B.) help students to better understand the nuances of the content area lesson.
H: Has heart. A teacher is passionate about what he or she does. If you are not demonstrating enthusiasm for your job, you should reconsider your profession.
E: Encourages students to be responsible for their own education by creating a classroom environment in which the students can be teachers, too
R: Reassures students, praises them appropriately when they demonstrate progress or insight, recognizes their potential, and assures them that they can reach that potential.