UPDATED: This post is now 100% Mac & Cheesier.
It’s Poetry Friday and I’m just back from the NerdCamp education conference in Michigan.
I’m still unpacking — literally and figuratively. The speeches, sessions, panels of authors and educators, and working with students at NerdCamp Junior were inspiring. But I learned just as much during impromptu conversations with fellow NerdCampers who are passionate about reading and literacy.
Today, I’d like to share a poem by Chad Everett, who was one of the opening session speakers. You can find out more about Chad at his website ImagineLit. This was written and shared on Day 2 of NerdCamp.
Waiting for Superman
They gave me a contract, not a cape,
Truth is I’m not that great.
There is no brilliance in my lesson plans or my Flair pens,
But an abundance of brilliance exists in the young women and men who sit before me.
The young women and men not striving to Make America Great Again,
But those that curiously question if it ever was and remind us that true greatness does not come from outside, but from within.
No one asked you to put on a cape.
They asked you teach.
Read the rest at Chad Everett’s website.
I can’t leave without acknowledging that today is a holiday: National Mac & Cheese Day! Here’s a kinetic, concrete Mac & Cheese poem, created by a student.
Appreciations for this intro to a fellow teacher-poet, Laura.
Much to ponder here . . .
Thank you, Jan. Chad is a dynamic speaker (and encourager).
It’s good to be humble, but there are some days when it takes a cape. Just sayin’…
I hear what you’re saying, Mary Lee. There are days when the resources (internal and external) feel thin and it takes a boost of superhuman strength.
Was this poem inspired by the documentary “Waiting for Superman”? (Did y’all see that there?) Mr. Everett sounds like a respectful teacher.
I haven’t seen it, but thanks for the recommendation. Yes, I think the title of this piece must be a nod to that documentary.
Chad sounds like a brilliant speaker – but I’m also with Mary Lee, in that a cape every once in a while is much appreciated.
NerdCamp sounds wonderful–quite a few Michigan authors who are pals attended. Maybe next year…
Wow! I really enjoyed Chad’s poem. I would love to share that at the beginning of my school year with new staff. Our school focus this year is writing. I think this poem invites response….and this is a perfect kick-off!
Thanks for sharing this beautiful, heartfelt poem from Chad Laura–let’s quiet the din and get down to what’s important!
Fun concrete poem too, the kids must have had fun creating it, thanks for all!
Ugh, I have been reading so many amazing things about Nerd Camp, why must it be so far away?!?!
And I love the idea of concrete poems, such a fun way to bring poetry outside the box.
Sounds like this camp is right up your alley, Laura!
Thanks for sharing, and thanks for topping it off with that big, noodly poem – :0)
So glad you got to go and be a nerd, Laura–worth the travel! Chad’s poem is a fresh reminder that a) we must think first of the children’s needs, not the adults’ and b) the future belongs to them. How cool that you had a macaroni & cheese poem in your vault!
Such a thoughtful and provocative poem from Chad. Back when I was teaching, there were days I wanted a cape or a magic wand.
Re: the film “Waiting for Superman.” I’d be interested in hearing what you think of it after you’ve seen it. I’m not sure I had the same reaction as others did. Or maybe I’m remembering it completely wrong.
I love the idea of a kinetic poem. The possibilities! (I’m thinking ginormous!)