The Answer Machine

Jul 25, 2011 by

I recently presented at a First and Second Grade Conference in Kansas City and Dallas.  One of my colleagues, Diane Murphy, gave the keynote at the beginning of each conference.  Throughout the presentation she shared various poems—some funny, some inspiring, some touching.  There was one I liked so much (from a collection called Rainbows, Head Lice, and Pea-Green Tile:  Poems in the Voice of the Classroom Teacher that I immediately ordered the book.  When this book arrived today, I was really surprised to see that the poems were written by Brod Bagert.  Before this, I only knew Bagert as the kind of poet who wrote poems like “Stinky Boys” and “Booger Love” from his book Giant Children.  But this poem is different.  This one reminds us why we became teachers.  I was able to find a copy online that I would like to share with you.  I hope you will find it as touching and as inspiring as I did.  Click here to read "The Answer Machine".




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