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"TESTING, TESTING, ONE-TWO-THREE"

Below is a copy of the poem I read at Open Mic Night at school. My students hooted and hollered all the way through.
(I used the names of some of my students who had signed up to attend the event.)

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"TESTING, TESTING ONE-TWO-THREE"

[in a test proctor’s voice]
  “Fill in each bubble completely”
   “Erase all stray lines”
   “Leave no question unanswered”


[Teacher’s angry voice, with attitude]

Oh yeah? I have a question
for all the test makers and law makers
Answer me this…

Will this test measure how Haley
can dance? How her words glide across
the page?

And which bubbles show
Seikou’s loving spirit
or Darrion’s smile when helping others in class?

When you make multiple choices,
will you question the soul
of a poet, which beats
in the heart of Lucero?

How about measuring Shanya’s twelve edits
of one personal narrative
as she strove for writing perfection?

Can you rate on a chart
Amanda’s voice as she sings
clear and strong
in song
…and poetry

When test results are tabulated
where will it show deep discussions
by Ike, Nelson, and Damon
in literature circles - ninth grade boys
more accustom to a basketball court
          -------------
Students will bubble and erase
Then Fret while they race
The clock will tick down
And finally when done
We’ll go back to our room

And then we will write, read, and create.
Because THAT's where REAL growth takes place!




By: Marjorie Light
In honor of my students who read and write daily.

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