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About kdoele

I am a teacher who continues to learn from students kindergarten through seventh grade. Currently teaching seventh grade English and Reading/Writing Workshop, I am exploring what it is like to "begin" again... my one little word for 2017.

“Shake the Dust” by my 7th Graders

Some years ago I participated in a poetry reading activity with literacy leader, Penny Kittle, in which she shared the spoken word poem, “Shake the Dust,” by Anis Mojgani.   Penny asked us to respond to the performance by adding our … Continue reading

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Progressive Poem 2016

2016 PROGRESSIVE POEM Here is the poem so far with my line at the bottom in bold. A squall of hawk wings stirs the sky. A hummingbird holds and then hies. If I could fly, I’d choose to be Sailing … Continue reading

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Living Wild

Hello Irene, Congratulations on your 10 year Blogiversary!  Ten years!  WOW!  That is something to celebrate.  Here is my wild offering to you. I have had a wild dream to swim with whales. . . well, for most of my … Continue reading

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State Test Prep with Poetry? Yes, Really!

It’s the last Friday of National Poetry month and we have been swimming in poetry all month, and loving it!   We are also three weeks away from taking the M-STEP test in Michigan.  I’m not ready to give up our … Continue reading

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Day 11 of the 2015 Progressive Poem and an Introduction to a New Poet

Thank you to Irene Latham for inviting me to participate in the Progressive poem this year.  I stand in awe of all of you and I’ll admit, I’m a bit nervous to add my line.  I have watched the poem … Continue reading

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Bursting With Poetry Teaching Ideas!

I am excited by all that is going on in the poetry world this month!  I am bursting with teaching ideas and since I love teaching poetry…. I want to try them ALL.  I am in awe reading the many … Continue reading

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This is Just to Say

Thank you Maya and thank you to Dana for this last day inspiration.  This is the earliest post I will have written all month.  Thank you to all at the Two Writing Teachers for your passion and  dedication, and for … Continue reading

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Habit or Inspiration?

Writing the date on my classroom whiteboard today, I paused… only two more days of slicing left.  It hit me how quickly March had flown by.  It wasn’t too many days ago that I had hit a slump looking for … Continue reading

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Top Ten List for the MRA Conference

I attended the Michigan Reading Association Conference this weekend and I will return to school tomorrow brimming with new ideas and tips to try, while possibly feeling a tiny bit tired.  Here is my Top Ten List for the Conference: … Continue reading

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Poet Slam Artist Malcolm London

The best slice of my day at the Michigan Reading Association today was keynote speaker Malcolm London.  He is a Slam poet with an incredible message. Growing up in a harsh area in the city of Chicago, he attended high … Continue reading

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