Iowa Council of Teachers of English

Joyful Haikus

September 16, 2020

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Two Poems

Rex Muston, Teacher Writer
July 27, 2020

Poem 1 FEELING PRAYERS My fears are unimpressive, spilling over from an asthmatic childhood after bedtimes, some 50 years gone.   But they are persistent,  constricting my chest, and snagging my brain like a yanked treble hook.   I hold the hand of what-ifs like Ebenezer hovering with the spirit of Yet to Come, looking down at an undetermined darkness.   And...

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Kim Van Es, Teacher Writer
June 30, 2020

A Teacher’s Encounters with Difference   For teachers just like everyone else, there is a process to getting woke, especially when it comes to understanding the role of skin color in America.   Clip 1: Growing up in a NW Iowa county that was 97% white, my perceptions of people of color came mostly from mission slides at church. People with darker skin were generally poor, from...

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Mr. K

Lauren Stephens, Teacher Writer
June 11, 2020

Mr. K The morning after your funeral, I walked past your classroom and stood in the doorway to take in how much of you filled every corner. Photos of your wife your infant daughter Cubs memorabilia Lambeau souvenirs fantasy brackets still pinned to a bulletin board Five years worth of student projects collected dust in the quiet Saturday sun. Less...

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Meltdown in Aisle Three

Barb Edler, Teacher Writer
May 22, 2020

In Aisle Three At  Hy-Vee I have a meltdown Shelves literally wiped clean No juice, no milk, no sardines There’s barely any meat Except where the butchers work I ask about an advertised sale on New York strips I thought they had They do, they’re just not marked I ask for four The butcher looks relieved Which makes sense later when I discover from a friend...

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Teacher Appreciation Week: I See You

Nikki Smith, Teacher Writer
May 9, 2020

I see you. I see you worrying about if your students' basic needs are met.  I see you creating brand new lessons and resources overnight to help students understand the curriculum.  I see you calling and emailing students and parents to make connections, check-in.  I see you adapting to the ever-changing policies enacted at the local, state, and national levels.  I see you learning...

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