A Teacher-Writer Villanelle

Teachers who write tend to be best
at teaching young writers to compose.
It is never about a test.

From experience, she can attest
to the struggles be it verse or prose.
Authentically she can suggest.

On the page, her students express
themselves according to words they chose.
It is never about a test.

Teachers who write don’t have to guess
how to help writers because she knows
ways to extract ideas – repressed.

By her skill, students are impressed.
When she shares the words she has composed,
she’s able to relieve their stress.

Teachers who write may be obsessed
with creating writers, I suppose.
Her writing Scholars are most blessed.
It is never about a test.

This poem was originally published for #ethicalela #openwrite July 18, 2021.

Published by Donnetta Norris

| Christian | Wife | Mom | Teacher | Writer | Donnetta Norris is a 2nd grade teacher in Arlington, TX. She has been an educator for the last 12 years. She enjoys reading professional, children’s, and MG literature. Being in the classroom with her Scholars brings her the most joy, and she is passionate about, and committed to, improving her writing craft as a teacher-writer. She is a community leader and facilitates workshops with TeachWrite, LLC.

9 thoughts on “A Teacher-Writer Villanelle

  1. Teaching and the test are themselves somewhat opposite, really – which makes your villanelle also fit our dichotomy villanelle challenge today! Thanks for sharing this.

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  2. Donnetta, your quatrain says it all! I love visiting a classroom where the teacher writes, too. You can ALWAYS feel the excitement and riskiness that the young writers are willing to show–along with their teachers! Thanks for sharing:)

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  3. Donnetta, wow! You have really chosen perfect rhymes for all the lines. I like the enjambment with rhyming, as I like the way it sounds when read — “tend to be best / at teaching” and “she can attest / to the struggles.” I missed your poem earlier in the month on Ethical ELA, so I’m glad to read it here. You have captured the importance of teacher-writers guiding students. And Amen that it is never about a test.

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