Hi, teachers! Last year, I started tagging all my poem documents. You know, giving them labels in order to find all my poems that are, say, about science, or are haiku, or whatever. I realized then that I had a fair number of poems about teachers and teaching, and I thought, Hey, maybe I can gather these together into a collection just for teachers!
So, I did. I gathered those poems, and I wrote a lot of new ones, too. The new poems often emerged right after I did school visits, attended NCTE, or saw posts on Facebook or blogs that really hit me. I was writing and writing and finally realized, I’ve got to stop at some point! And, I thought it would make a nice end-of-year book for teachers.
So, The Heart of a Teacher is available on Kindle now. It’s 64 poems in all sorts of voices and forms and attitudes. My hope is that every educator who reads it will find himself/herself in there somewhere, and that, most of all, the immense admiration I have for teachers comes through.
“A Librarian Can Be…” and “The Heart of Teaching” are image versions of two poems from the book–and you can see them here. I’ll share a few more over the next few weeks. (And there are several poems plus the Table of Contents in the Book Description on Amazon.) Meanwhile, if you think you or a colleague would appreciate a poetry collection celebrating teachers, I hope you’ll check it out. Thank you, educators, for everything you have done and continue to do in my life and my family’s life. This book is for you.