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The “Stuff” on the Desks

I’ve always been prone to putting reminders, poems, and more on my students’ desks through the years. I’ve rarely received a complaint from a student about this, but I’m sure there are some who feel as though their space might be cluttered.

On Friday I did something powerful… kind of in honor of Poetry Friday. I announced the planet that each student will be working on in our Solar System Unit of Study by leaving a poem about their planet taped to their desk. (It went over well… Whew!)

I believe that the simple act of leaving a poem on my kids’ desks sent two messages:
1. Poetry matters!
2. Poems can teach us something. (These poems contained facts about the planets.)

Additionally, as you’ll see in the photo, each student has their “one little word” laminated and posted on their desk so as to serve as a constant reminder.



Stacey Shubitz View All

I am a literacy consultant who has spent the past dozen years working with teachers to improve the teaching of writing in their classrooms. While I work with teachers and students in grades K-6, I'm a former fourth and fifth-grade teacher so I have a passion for working with upper elementary students.

I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).

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  1. I like that idea! I think it gives them something to think about right away when they get a topic, gives students a place to start and could even decrease anxiety about starting a new project. (I remember being a little anxious when starting a new project.)


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