Friday, April 28, 2017

The Poem That Made A Difference For A School Librarian, Her Students and Martin

Our Poem In Your Pocket Day celebration this year was extra special.  You can read all about it here.

Since our Poem In Your Pocket Day was on Google Hangout Live, we were able to invite others from around the world to join our celebration.  We had five schools live and others could join by watching the live video.  

My friend Linda Waskow, who is the media technology specialist at Beaufort Elementary School, joined us at the shared live video link. 

Earlier in the day, she sent me a poem that one of her students wrote for his pocket poem.  
I asked Mrs. P to read it.  

It was wonderful to hear Martin's poem and especially special to hear from Linda how much it meant to Martin and his classmates during the event.  

The video above is a clip from this part of the celebration.  They posted it on their school Facebook page today. 

After she posted the video, she wrote...
What terrific news!  I am so excited for Linda and her school.  I am thrilled that this was the ice breaker for them.  

This event, like so many, show that all it takes a little thinking outside of the box to make things happen, to make our students voices be heard in different ways throughout the world.  

This moment, through an online connection, with schools in Iowa, Texas and Washington, made a difference in Martin's life and that of his classmates.  The voice that not only this event gave him, but the voice that poetry gave him too. 

And in Linda's, as a teacher librarian and one who wants to charge ahead even more as a future ready librarian within her school and community.  

I encourage all of you to look for these moments, these special connections and ways to make a difference in the lives of our students that are a little different than before.  

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