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Student Teacher


I thought I’d try my hand at writing a sonnet. 14 lines in iambic pentameter (da-DAH, da-DAH, da-DAH, da-DAH, da-DAH), three stanzas of four lines and one of two. Rhyming pattern ABAB CDCD EFEF GG

It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be.

A student teacher starting out anew,

Stood scared before a class of girls and boys,

She struggled to remember what to do,

And wondered how to teach with all that noise.


Her shaking hands, her quivering voice aside,

She took a breath and said to form a line.

“I’m happy to be teaching you,” she lied.

“It’s your first day of school, and also mine.”


“Please take your seats,” the bashful teacher said.

But one child called out loud, “I like your dress.”

“Why thank you dear. It seems we both like red.”

Her trepidation causing her distress.


And like a duck with feathers preened and neat,

Below her, hidden, paddled urgent feet.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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29 thoughts on “Student Teacher

  1. Very nice picture and poem, I love it!

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  2. That sounds like a hard form to me, Anneli. Good for you for giving it a try, and the result was wonderful. The last image of the urgent paddling feet was perfect. I couldn’t help but laugh. 🙂

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  3. Nice sonnet. I find them hard to write and prefer haiku, simple rhyme or free verse.

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  4. That was delightful. I felt that way my first day, thrown into a class, no teacher training classes, no nothing but hutzpah. Turns out that was enough!

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  5. Very impressive poem about the trepidation of a student teacher! It reminded me of my first feeble attempts at teaching math to a senior high class in Calgary.

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  6. Love this! It’s so timely.

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  7. Nice job. When I write poems, I just write what’s on my mind. They are never in proper stanzas. 🤷‍♀️ The poetry gods will scold me.

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  8. Love this poem and a wonderful photo.

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  9. Honest verses! Anneli, these words take me back to my own journey when I stepped into Mr. Hart’s classroom as a student teacher (spring of 1978).

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