Final Poem of the Testing Experiment!

Stay tuned for more updates and poems, but thank you all for being loyal and supportive readers. Here’s to what’s next next!

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This poem is about the education of a teacher when he learns dear things about humanity and self in the wilderness in order to bring the lessons back with him to the classroom.


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You Can Make These Count

I am in Indianapolis at the Expeditionary Learning Institute for Using Data to Drive Student Achievement. I am thinking about numbers and, I guess, driving them somewhere. So I wanted to play with that through form. The duality and two sides of every story.

So after a twenty minute catnap, we have this column poem. Directions: Read the left side first…then the right side…then read across the whole line as a complete poem with both sides. The first side is called You Can Make. The second is These Count. And the complete work is You Can Make These Count.


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Handwriting: A Casualty of the Tests


To be fair, the art of penmanship (not penpersonship?) is dying because of the digital age. But with tighter national education standards, elementary teachers are finding less and less time to teach things like cursive. Tennessee State Representative Sheila Butt (she could never become a teacher with that name) is fighting to reestablish handwriting as a cornerstone of early education. One of her arguments is that students who do not know how to write script may not be able to read fundamental American texts in their original form. Not a bad idea. But that’s not going to help a lot boys learn how to write that way. Try this: