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The Suitcase Library @ColletteR

You know when tradespeople go to work

They take their best tools for the job?

Well, teachers are no different

We have a gadget for every squad.

All children are uniquely different

And that’s what makes them so amazing.

As a teacher I know that reading is

The key to keep them gazing

Up into their imaginations

Shall I be a big bad wolf today?

Or maybe a brave, intrepid astronaut

And shoot up, up and away

My suitcase library idea was born

When I saw an old one in a shop

It’s dusty shell whispered to me

“Oh what stories I can swap”

I crammed it full of wondrous books

For those moments children say,

‘Oh Miss, I don’t know what to read”

“Oooh I have just the thing!” I’d say

I’d pull a carefully-chosen jewel out, just for them

And whisper of its merits

Would they dive in, accomplish something great

And in turn have glory to inherit?

That suitcase is well-travelled

Loved by children and staff as well.

But no one knows it quite like me

And the grand authors who often dwell

So if you ever need a classroom tip,

If a reader doesn’t know where to begin

Keep your suitcase library close by

For a nailed-on teacher win!

Poet's bio

Name: Collette Waddle

Place of residence: York, North Yorkshire

Your favourite quote: Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your one wish for the world: The only way to save animals is to save the environment in which they live. I wish that everyone would take responsibility to look after their world and our world. We don't own it, we share it.

Where can we find out more about you (Website link):



Why teaching is important to you:

I have the best job in the world - motivating children to be the best that they can be. I love their enthusiasm and innate curiosity about the world that they live in.

A small bio about you:

I've been a primary teacher for 17 years... the majority of which has been Key Stage 2.

I teach Y6 and have much experience in all aspects of SATs - including being an English Marker. I have a passion for literacy and have led mathematics across school. Reading is my everything!

The power of critique is something I have experience of, and use extensively in my teaching. I’m also teaching other year groups this year and doing some private tuition.

I have the best job in the world - motivating children to be the best that they can be. I love English - reading and writing are my passions. Poetry is hugely underrated!

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