Out of the mouths of babes…

On Friday we celebrated Read Across America with a pajama party.  All students were invited to wear their pajamas and slippers to school and to bring a favorite stuffed animal as their reading buddy.

As many of you know, my classroom is deeply immersed in a poetry unit.  We’ve studied a wide variety of poetry strategies and employ them daily in our writing. As we gathered on the rug for our writer’s workshop share, suddenly one child yelled.

“Oh my gosh you guys!  My pajamas are covered with onomatopoeia!”

As he held his arms wide and smiled, I looked down and indeed, his pajamas were covered with onomatopoeia!

Thank you very much Marvel comics!

All the kids in the classroom gathered around the child to see the pajamas and read the onomatopoeia. Students congratulated the child on his amazing poetry pajamas! It was a beautiful moment for everyone in the room.

“I can’t believe it! I wear these all the time and I never even noticed the onomatopoeia until right now!” the child exclaimed.

What a great feeling to see a student living our learning.  It made my day!

About Kristin

Kristin Ziemke has spent her career teaching and learning from children in both urban and suburban school districts. A first grade teacher in Chicago, Kristin engages students in authentic learning experiences where reading, thinking, collaboration and inquiry are at the heart of the curriculum. Co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin pairs best practice instruction with digital tools to transform learning in the classroom and beyond. An Apple Distinguished Educator, National Board Certified Teacher and Chicago’s 2013 Tech Innovator of the Year, Kristin seeks opportunities to transform education through technology innovation. She inspires educators around the globe as a staff developer, speaker and writer. To learn more about her work follow her on Twitter @KristinZiemke.
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14 Responses to Out of the mouths of babes…

  1. grade4wizard says:

    Once immersed in poetry the children can find it everywhere. The excitement of discovery in your class is evident in this slice. Sharing our learning and teaching successes with others fuels enthusiasm.
    Now I can’t get out of my head: Poetry Pajamas – that would be a great item to produce and sell. Would there be market for that? Or do they exist already?

  2. The excitement of SEEING what you are learning about is TANGIBLE in this post. Thank you for sharing this moment in time. It’s clear YOU are a teacher who listens and hears real world evidence of learning.

  3. Kristin says:

    Aha! I love a good business plan! A quick Google search revealed that poetry pajamas do not exist. I know I’d buy a pair…think about it…

    Thanks for the comment!

  4. Stacey says:

    Onomatopoeia pajamas. I LOVE IT! You’ve truly immersed them if they’re able to make observations like that. How cool!

  5. Ruth Ferris says:

    Your slice made me smile. What a priceless moment. So glad you took a picture. I will have to go back and read some of your previous posts. You caught the excitement in your writing. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Kristin says:

    Thanks Ruth!

    I showed the student who made the onomatopoeia observation my blog post and he was so proud! This has been a great experience for him to see that his thinking and learning matters AND impacts others. What a wonderful cycle of learning!

  7. MaryHelen says:

    I also found the PJ picture to be adorable. How fun! It’s so awesome when kids live a writerly life.

  8. Ruth says:

    What a great story! :) I hope you write again soon!

  9. pamelahodges says:

    Loved the slice. How exciting for the student to notice his jammies in class .

  10. Carol says:

    I love this! We did a poetry immersion unit a couple of weeks ago, and my students are still finding onomatopoeia everywhere. I have to share these pi’s with them!

    • Kristin says:

      The onomatopoeia keeps coming! Kids are now seeking out clothing that has onomatopoeia just so they can wear it to school!
      I’m thinking about exploring comics next so they use some of their knowledge of onomatopoeia…we’ll see!

    • Kristin says:

      Thanks for reading Carol! Once they get it, it really sticks :) So exciting to hear kids living a learning life.

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