Poetry Comes to Life at South Orange Middle School

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April 15th, 2013

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This is a guest post by Elissa Malespina, a Librarian at South Orange Middle School in South Orange, New Jersey. If you are interested in contributing to the Edmodo Blog, please complete this form.

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Giving Students an Outlet for Creativity

At South Orange Middle School the library has an Edmodo group that all the students can join. It is the one place where 6th,7th and 8th graders can all come together to talk about books, school and life in general.

Most of the time it is me starting discussions about different books or technology topics but a few days ago a student posted a note saying, “Happy Poetry Month.”

To be honest, I have been so busy that I forgot it was Poetry Month. However, this first post led to students posting their favorite poems by their favorite authors and quickly my library group became a place for students to post their own poems. Poems that blew me away with their creativity, raw emotions and at times, humor.

Helping Students Reach Their Full Potential

I did nothing to make this happen but allow them a place to post their poems. Edmodo made this happen.

Without it, the 200+ students and staff in the group would not get to see these poems. I would not get to read the amazingly supportive comments by other students. I would not get to see a student who barely talks in class write profound, heart touching poetry, or see a student who is constantly in trouble write funny, creative poems, or a special education child who struggles in school open up.

Thank you, Edmodo — learning certainly does happen there! All you need to do is step back and give the students the place to make it happen.

Check out my personal blog to read some of the amazing poems that students wrote.

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