Iowa Council of Teachers of English

Vocabulary Switch

Cameron and Allen (or Allen and Cameron)
All from one day, Oct. 20, 2020, with both boys' names changed.
November 18, 2020

1. Allen, my partner, is a burden. He is not working very hard. 2. Cameron had culpability because he failed at picking a good partner. 3. Allen felt remorse for his fallen comrade, Cameron...

Out of Darkness

Britt Jungck's new classroom at Boone High School.
Home with COVID-19, a teacher reflects on her new school and students.
November 1, 2020

Sometimes life is sunny, radiating warmth like the smell of fresh-cut grass on a summer day.  Sometimes life leaks struggles in an endless stream like a toddler playing with a squeaky balloon. 2020 has...

To Be Seen and Heard

To Be Seen and Heard
a found poem from All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, pgs. 292-294
October 17, 2020

Because some people had told me racism was a thing of the past. But that was nuts. Because racism was alive and real as shit. Unless we did something about it. What the hell did he die for If it doesn’t...

Students Speak

Students Speak
From the mouths of babes, a found poem.
October 4, 2020

Contributors: Susan Ackerman, Allison Berryhill, Holly Esbeck, Britt Jungck, Kenna Koster, Lisa Robinson, Lauren Stephens, Nicole Vogt      

Let Students See Their Poems in Print

Student poets participate in weekly Creative Writing Club at Atlantic High School, 2019.
"Lyrical Iowa" editor Marilyn Baszczynski explains how students benefit from submitting poems the IPA's annual competition.
October 3, 2020

Since its inception in 1945, the Iowa Poetry Association has hosted an annual Lyrical Iowa Poetry competition, an opportunity for Iowans of all ages to submit their creative works for recognition through...

Joyful Haikus

Joyful Haikus
A collection of haikus that show what is bringing a few Iowa educators joy during this strange and challenging year.
September 16, 2020

Two Poems

Still Together
and Three Photographs
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,...


Kim Van Es looks back on experiences that have shaped her growing understanding of diversity in America.
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...

Mr. K

Mr. K
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...

Meltdown in Aisle Three

Hy-Vee, like many other grocery stores, began selling individually wrapped toilet paper once it was back in stock.
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...

Teacher Appreciation Week: I See You

Teacher Appreciation Week: I See You
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...


Lily from the garden of Kathleen Johnson, Iowa fresh flower farmer.
May 3, 2020

With a shake of the head she says neither of us should be there. Then we hear the world take a breath. We answer with one of our own.  One of our potentially toxic breaths. And we accidentally...

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