Yesterday my niece Allissa texted me the poem she had just hung in her new classroom. Do you remember sending me this? she wrote. Indeed I do. It’s a poem I sent to her when she began teaching kindergarten a few years back. STRAIGHT LINE , by the magical Georgia Heard, breaks my heart every time I read it. And I can’t help feeling its truth deeply when I am on some school campuses and see it lived out in real time.

Tuesday was the first day of school here and I was lucky enough to be on several campuses, watching the students arrive. Sheer joy was evident everywhere. Eagerness. Excitement. Promise.

Learning is joyful and noisy and messy –  and kids bring their whole selves to the classroom. I hope they don’t have to leave the best part of themselves at the classroom door.

About katemccarrollmoore

Kate Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kate served three terms as the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate (2012-2018); she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kate holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of six beautiful children who fill them with hope for the future.
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  1. bobmoore33 says:

    sad beautiful true poem a hard line to walk difficult for each of us-student, teacher, or parent to keep our balance nicely done I love you and your amazing poetry and choice of poems –always touching bob

    Robert C. Moore RSVP Publications, Danville, CA. bob@RSVPBayArea.com Office-925-416-7787 Cell-925-200-4002

    Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:04:31 +0000 To: bobmoore33@msn.com

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