One year, I was looking for the perfect poem to start the school year and no matter what I found it was not what I was looking for. When I talked to Jenn about this she asked me what I was looking for and I explained my criteria. Jenn simply replied, “I’ll write one” and that is exactly what she did and I have been using that poem to start the year since then. The name of the poem is “The Puzzlemaker’s Heart” and it is amazing.
The poem uses the puzzlemaker and her pieces to symbolize a teacher and her students. It showcased the fact that children are all different yet each hold a special place within our classroom. As a teacher I am here to celebrate these differences and foster a classroom where each one can reach their full potential. The poem shows how we can be great as individual puzzle pieces but to aspire to greatness we must put these pieces together into one collective puzzle. This is not an easy task. It will take flexibility, collaboration, problem solving, listening with reflection and lots of sharing of ideas.
Just recently, this poem came back into our minds. Diversity in children, meeting individual needs, peer collaboration, and our desire for student engagement and independence are at the core of our teaching. It only makes sense that we would be reminded of this poem. Poetry comes from that place where language, images, music, and emotion combine. Dear readers we know you understand.