Once again I returned to the UCI poetry fieldwork and this time we had the opportunity to listen and read the poems of the children that Sue liked. The children were really happy when they saw their poem on the paper and those whose poems were not on the paper wanted to work harder to make sure that everyone saw what they had written. Some of the children were able to go back to their poems and work on them, while others got an inspiration from the new poem that was read to them. This one student who did not do anything the first day I went in told me he was gonna try better because he wanted his poem to be typed up. He did a really good job and I was happy to say that I had my students working on their poems. Other students continued with their work to make it better or just to continue with it. Once again I am very surprise when these students write their poems because they are so imaginative and great that I know by this age I would not be able to make such great poems. These fours hours with the children I have appreciated their capability of being themselves and opening up to the other students through their poetry.
It was my first day at my fieldwork yesterday with the UCI poetry at El Sol Academy. I did not know what to expect but for sure I had fun helping and watching the children come up with their own poems. Even though these children were third graders, some made up some brilliant poems and i was very astonished. I spend fours working with different groups of children and each children had a different topic to write about that was related to their life. There was a kid that was writing a love poem because there was a girl in his class that he liked. I thought that was so cute and grow up about him because he was able to relate his personal life with the assignment. I found it really interesting how the kids were willing to present their poems with the class, I think I would have been so embarrass to present. One interesting factor that occurred during my fieldwork experience was a poem that was made by a little boy and it was about violence. It is a bit alarming to hear a 3rd grade boy talk about violence like he did, but at the same time I do not know what he has been through to express himself. I have always had a thing for poetry because I believe it is a healthy way to express myself. The kids had to pick out words from the poems that the teacher was reading to them at loud and with those words the children had to make up their own poem. I thought it was such a wonderful way to make up your poem using the words that you heard because it helps you start off somewhere and just continue from there.