Poetry can energise a classroom - yet so many students have negative associations with it. The world of poetry is so open. It is inclusive and gives you a bear hug (or an otter wink) whenever you even attempt to embrace it. Poetry is not always beautiful like sparkly dolphin stickers or an oversized handsome poster, but it is often majestic.
In response to this the school decided we would do 'something special' on the Literacy aspect of Literacy and Numeracy week. Each student was asked to either write a poem or find a poem and have it placed in they pocket. They then recited these to other students from other grades with vigor and enthusiasm. It was something truly amazing.