I reflected on some of my own great teachers and remembered many who had an impact on me. One teacher I think about often is a student teacher I had in fifth grade. Her name was Ms. Sloan, and she taught our poetry unit that year. I had never studied poetry before, and I immediately fell in love with it. At the end of the unit, we turned in our poetry portfolios, where we were required to write one of each kind of poem that we learned about. I still remember Ms. Sloan, after reading a poem I wrote about the ocean (a place at that point I had never been) telling me that the last line I wrote was very beautiful and that she hoped I would continue to write even though our unit was over.
Poetry has continued to be an important part of my life since that year. I have filled countless journals of my own words and devoured the works of others. It has helped me find meaning and beauty in a world that seems the opposite sometimes. I will always remember how Ms. Sloan instilled a love for poetry in me and how it continued to play out in my life long after I left her classroom.
I hope this post again allows you to reflect on some of the meaningful moments you have had throughout your education, and the teachers who created them for you.
Posted by Haley DiRenzo
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