A smile sustained

I had forgotten the

quirky

funny

silly

inquisitive

smiley

explorative

honest

observative

kind

nature of sixth graders in the flesh.

Black screens and muted mics

almost had me fooled.

What a relief to witness 

adolescent humans in person,

no longer robots behind a screen.

The past three days

of teaching in their vicinity

has sustained my smile.

8 thoughts on “A smile sustained

  1. So happy to hear your happiness. I have a seventh grade human like this and a tenth grade human too. Just knowing that they can return to themselves and each other and to their teachers, gives me hope.

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  2. Sixth graders a special group of kids. I love sixth graders (and I have one of my own). While we have some kids at school in person, I miss the ones I see online via a profile picture.

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  3. So true. Those little rascals have been taking their recess two stories below my windows. Around noon each day, their sweet voices travel up to my room — pure joy! Thanks for the reminder that when students return they will not be two dimensional talking circles.

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  4. Oh, I love this! It’s so true. This, in particular: “Black screens and muted mics/almost had me fooled.” I was SO happy to go back to school in person. I love, too, the list of words to describe 6th graders in the flesh. Yes!

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  5. What wonderful, affirming post! I especially love the line “Black screens and muted mics

    almost had me fooled.” We are all coming out of cocoons and I am thrilled your sixth graders arrived vibrant and engaged!

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  6. This poem is beautifully organized and I love your purposeful formatting. My favorite lines are, “Black screens and muted mics / almost had me fooled. / What a relief to witness / adolescent humans in person, / no longer robots behind a screen..” Talk about being able to connect to that. I am so happy for you and hope you continue to feel the joy of working with kiddos f2f again 🙂

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