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January 30, 2009


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Jenn, you are going to be an amazing teacher. You already are. Thanks for sharing a little of these wonderful pieces with us. They are special.

mrs. g.

AWESOME. I can tell you are going to be one of the cool teachers!


I can tell you are making a difference in their lives.

Deb D

Those are great. I think you are a gifted teacher.


WOW. This is great Jenn...My heart breaks for those kids, but you seem to be giving some of them a bright spot in their day...possibly in their life. Keep up the good work.


Hell, I wish I could take poetry class with you everyday!


Just beautiful. I remember my younger son doing this poem in middle or high school and he, of seemingly little sentiment, blew me away with his words too.

But this one.. is just so tender. "I am from a fruit trying to be delicious and good from the inside." What a wonder that child is.


I love the "I am from fruit..." line. That is one we could all live by.

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Ah, the shelter one breaks my heart. I want to scoop that child up and take them home.


You are a going to rock the school! Good for you.

Smalltown Mom

Heartbreaking and beautiful.

Little Miss Sunshine State

Those students will remember you.


Wow! Just Wow.

Maybe you have an EE Cummings in there.


sad and beautiful, all at the same time!


How beautiful they are where it counts, on the inside.


Wow. Those are amazing kids.

green girl

What a cool assignment for all of you!


Aren't kids just amazing despite or because of where they are from? And hardly a one isn't lovable.


Wow, those are beautiful and sad. It's so nice of you to let them keep them private if they want. It probably helps some open up more if they know it's only you who will read the poem.
I like your poem too.


This was so great for them. I bet writing these things down helped many of your students.


Wow! Thanks for sharing that with us. Really puts things in perspective.

Manic Mommy

Those are heartbreakingly beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Jessica bern

Heartbreaking. You know, these kids didn't choose to come into this world and it breaks my heart to hear them write/say these things. You are amazing

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!

I am gobsmacked by the power and clarity these students communicate. They must have a good teacher to bring it out in them.


That's beautiful!

Reluctant Blogger

Yes, you are clearly good at inspiring your students, Mrs Juggling and getting them to think and open up.

Maybe if I had had you as my teacher I too might enjoy poetry?


Wow. I'm so surprised the kids could think deep enough to put these things into words. Sad, yet enlightening. My students are from all these same things.

Just Jamie

Wow Jenn. Clearly you are doing some amazing things with some amazing young people.

Minnesota Matron

These are haunting! If only actual student emails were so nicely done --well, wait a minute. Then I wouldn't get to have so much fun! Truly, love these snippets. Both sad and hopeful.


It is amazing what our students live through. When people knock education, it tells me that they truly do not understand that life today is so much different.

Jennifer H

Amazing. You, and them.


How awesome to make an impact on that child's life. Those are heart breaking.



So good. I am from lost for words.

Baby Favorite

That is amazing. They are so blessed to have you in their lives. Reminds me of something that teacher from "Freedom Writers" would have done with her students...

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