Third graders in Mrs. Julie O’Connor’s class had a poetry lesson with a guest instructor when Mrs. Sally Kennedy popped in. Mrs. Kennedy is a life-long educator whose relationship with Graland goes back to 1989 when she was a support teacher for Ms. Parthenia Williams in fourth grade. She then taught middle school, was the associate head of Lower School and was a high school counselor to Graland ninth-graders.
To inspire students to put their thoughts on paper in a creative way, she shared a poem about spring trees that she wrote that very morning. After instructions to put a few ideas on paper and pick the one that appealed to them most, students got right to work creating heir poems. Ten minutes later, they regrouped to share their poetry and each student was asked to choose their favorite line from their poem.
Nora Stiles wrote about her affinity for math including the playful line, “Math is super very fun.”
Scarlett Mannsfeld’s poem about Halloween had her “feeling gloomy.”
Ryan Petrush shared his knowledge of geography with a poem titled, “Canada and the US.” He even included an illustration.
“I love starting the day with poetry,” shared Mrs. O’Connor. “It’s so relaxing.” Go write!
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.