Iowa Writes

KARA E. SCHMADEKE
Building a Temperate Forest: A Fourth Grade Teacher's Reflection


Creation comes from imagination
Outwardly searching for the inner
  inspiration
She draws from the child her art

Trees
Building, bending, hands molding
Raising the trunk of the giant sequoia
Now twisting the branches, stretching out

Swinging spotted owls
Flying from the ceiling-sky
Paper sack chipmunks chomping on nuts
Green vine snakes slithering in the woods
Tacks for the eyes

Creation comes from imagination
Outwardly searching for the inner
  inspiration
She draws from the child her art

Trees
Building, bending, hands molding
Raising the trunk of the giant sequoia
Now twisting the branches, stretching out

Swinging spotted owls
Flying from the ceiling-sky
Paper sack chipmunks chomping on nuts
Green vine snakes slithering in the woods
Tacks for the eyes

Moving with the children
Making art
Making our room into a temperate forest
Towering trees

She flows with the child
Now with gentle spirit
She nudges, she coaxes
She draws from the child his art

Her spirit whispers
The lessons she knows
To carry with us as we go

Creation comes from imagination
Outwardly searching for the inner
  inspiration
She draws from the child her art

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About Iowa Writes

Since 2006, Iowa Writes has featured the work of Iowa-identified writers (whether they have Iowa roots or live here now) and work published by Iowa journals and publishers on The Daily Palette. Iowa Writes features poetry, fiction, or nonfiction twice a week on the Palette.

In November of 2008, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Iowa City, Iowa, the world's third City of Literature, making the community part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Iowa City has joined Edinburgh, Scotland and Melbourne, Australia as UNESCO Cities of Literature.

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KARA E. SCHMADEKE

Dr. Kara E. Schmadeke, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Coe College. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a BA in Elementary Education in 1988 and a PhD in Education: "Language, Literacy, and Culture," in 2003. She writes: "This poem was written while I was teaching fourth grade in small town Maquoketa, Iowa. It was my first experience planning the study of science together with the children, rather than teaching from a prescribed manual."

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on June 04, 2007

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