Making personal connections with students helps them stay motivated, engaged, and comfortable to ask questions and seek support when they need it. National Poetry Month is the perfect chance for you and your team to make and build on these relationships.
We’ve created four poetry prompts for educators to share throughout this month via Remind. Use these prompts to encourage students to reflect and create, and to support teachers, admin, social workers, and coaches to learn more about the young people they work with. Students who use Remind on their own can message back directly. Otherwise, ask their caregivers to text their students’ responses (text or a pic) back to you.
Be sure students know that poetry doesn’t have to rhyme or be perfect for this activity: they should just be creative, expressive, and have fun, using a tool they’re already familiar with.
Here are four poetry prompts to send students this month:
Start off by showing students the power of writing with sensory detail, and encourage them to keep using them all month.
This week’s prompt is simple. We were inspired by a Valentine’s Day prompt shared by NPR and Kwame Alexander back in 2019. Consider pulling together your students’ responses into a collaborative poem like they did.
This week, we hope student responses give you a better sense of where they come from or where they’re going.
Our final poetry prompt encourages students to write–and share–about their emotions. We hope this inspires them, and educators on your team, to see your learners as full people whose socio-emotional development is pivotal to their learning.
Participating in this activity can be as easy as copying and pasting the prompts into your Remind app, and then scheduling them to release once a week. But, you can make it even more interactive with these tips:
If you want to learn more about connecting with your students and community using Remind, reach out!