Poetry: A Window to our Life


When I was at school, it was just a compulsory activity. After High School, it became to me a solitude pleasure. Even if, I am honest here, I read poems once in a blue moon. But a poetry book always lies on my nightstand, waiting for the right moment to come to me.

April, I have recently found out, is the American National Poetry month

In the school I am teaching in, it is also a special month because it is the school poetry competition month too. We will take advantage of it to work on some creative writing activities in the classroom. This will be quite an experiment to me, teaching in a vocational High School. But I am deeply truly  sure my students will come out with the most amazing poems.

What is Poetry to me? A window. A closed window to be open, to the world of your feelings, and to the real world too. Outside Life comes in contact with your inner personal Life, and they melt together.

It is a great feeling, when you are reading THE poem. And everything seems much more pleasant and easy to understand, and you just think: Well, this poet could read my thoughts, even before I was born. This just shows us that humans can have and share the same inner thoughts and feelings.


I leave you with this, some of the most powerful lines I have personally ever read:

Ode to the West Wind


P.B. Shelley 1792 - 1822
If I were a dead leaf thou mightest bear;
If I were a swift cloud to fly with thee;
A wave to pant beneath thy power, and share

The impulse of thy strength, only less free
Than thou, O Uncontrollable! If even
I were as in my boyhood, and could be

The comrade of thy wanderings over Heaven,
As then, when to outstrip thy skiey speed
Scarce seemed a vision; I would ne’er have striven

As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.
Oh! lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud!
I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!

A heavy weight of hours has chained and bowed
One too like thee: tameless, and swift, and proud.



SOLSC: March 5, 2016 & Celebrate This Week:Conversation

Collegiality vs echo chambers.
This is really an awesome post. Thank you for sharing. I would like to share it both with my students and with my fellow colleagues. Hope they will read this inspiring article.

A Teaching Life

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Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayreswrites  …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!

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Today I want to celebrate conversation as it appeared in my week…

I so benefitted from the conversation that took place after Vicki Vinton and her teaching team from Cranford observed our reading and writing workshops on Wednesday.  I’ve been teaching for a long time now in the same room and in at the same grade level; and for the most part, the only conversations I have during the school day are with my students.  I didn’t realize how much I needed to have a conversation about my practice, and by that I mean the real time and moment to moment practice that is my teaching life.  I believe that it is so important…

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Emergency Room Visits Double for Colorado Marijuana Tourists

Emergency room visits involving pot did not change for Colorado residents

Source: Emergency Room Visits Double for Colorado Marijuana Tourists


This has been and will be a really difficult and tough topic. According to the latest news, cannabis has created a great emergency room visits increase in the State of Colorado (USA).

As in the classroom we are dealing with expressing our opinions and so we went through useful expressions and the usual boring grammar staff, I would like to hear your voice about this topic: cannabis or not cannabis? Are you for or against legalized marijuana? Which pros and cons?

My fellow bloggers all around the world, you can freely leave here below your personal comment on the matter if you’d like to!

Personally I believe… well, on the subject I would prefer not to state my view, just because (as above said) anything could lead to unfortunate misinterpretations. So, as I am also a teacher, I prefer to keep my own opinion on the matter and just listen to yours without telling you my own. Hope you can understand!

Limitless. Fearless.

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Who doesn’t know who Steve Jobs was? I believe all around the world Steve Jobs’ life can be considered as a source of inspiration that can make us achieve our own success. Personally, I think that his uniquely creative and acute mind, his will power to pursue a dream to its very conclusion were the secrets of his success and prosperity. So, much may be learnt and much energy may be drawn from his example.

Recently I had the chance to see the now world famous speech he gave in 2005 at Standford University. “Stay hungry, stay foolish” was his motto. It might, however, come as a surprise to many that for much of his formative years he felt himself without a clear goal and direction. Maybe he couldn’t even understand the meaning of his own motto. He once admitted it on the speech, stating that he even considered academia as a poor way of spending his parents’ hard-earned money. This is why he saw fit to attend only the classes which lead more immediately to a job and an income without any further interests. However, these classes made him learn things that “turned out to be priceless later on” (from his own words). This means that even if at the beginning of his career he did not do the job he wanted to, this had not stopped him. Nothing had been so powerful to stop him. When Apple became an important society with four thousand employees, Steve Jobs got fired from his own company. Even after this bad experience, nothing stopped him and he had success again.

All in all, isn’t it there a lesson to be learnt? Do we sufficiently believe in ourselves? What can really stop us? Is it only because we are apparently unlucky or we just justify our failures with self pity  that we can’t be successful in our life? I personally believe that perhaps it is only a self-confidence matter. We are never really unlucky even if it is important to ask ourselves these essential questions. But I am convinced that one person should always be fearless and curious enough and positively “insane” to live new experiences. These will lead for sure to an inner enrichment.

All things considered, nobody can tell us which are our limits. Stay hungry, stay foolish! I will keep it in mind after High School.

any ideas on how to speak English without any fear?

Sometimes I wonder how I can get my students (and myself) speak English without being afraid of it. So I was surfing the internet and I found this interesting blog article.


Read it! It is really really inspiring and it gives us 13 ideas to improve our speaking abilities/compentences.

I’ll wait for your comments, guys. Are you afraid of speaking (hope not writing!)  a foreign language? Why?

Any suggestions in order to skip this fear?

Ms D.