Daily Archives: March 3, 2013

Procrastination- SOL #3

SOLS button 2013


Procrastination isn’t early,
it’s last minute at best.
It avoids,
finding anything
and everything
else to do,
instead of the task at hand.
It won’t earn you brownie points,
put your mind at ease,
or show the world you’re prepared.
It is lazy.
It is selfish.
It feels rushed.
It can give you anxiety
and make you pull out your hair.
It is frantic
as the deadline approaches.
Procrastination doesn’t
get you out of your work,
it just prolongs
the inevitable.

Why, oh why, do I procrastinate? I have a mountain of work staring me in the face, taunting me, daring me to begin. I know what I need to do. I’m capable of the work. In fact, I want to do it. I want to feel the sense of accomplishment. I want to feel the weight lifted. So why do I avoid it? Is it because I need my downtime? Is it because I’m lazy? Is it because I enjoy the pressure and somehow get a kick out of always managing to ‘get it all done’ just in the knick of time? I’m not quite sure. One thing I know for sure is…I can’t procrastinate any longer. Monday morning will be here soon and I have work to do!

***The poem above is a format I learned from Michael Salinger and Sara Holbrook at “The Art of Teaching Literacy” workshop in Hong Kong last weekend. It’s called a definition poem, and it can be used in all subject areas to have students really gain an understanding of a word. They gave us a graphic organizer template to plan out the poem. First, you brainstorm everything the word is, does, would, can, look like and everything the word isn’t, doesn’t, wouldn’t, can’t, doesn’t look like. Then you can use those phrases to shape your poem. This is my first attempt at a definition poem. While it’s not my best work, I love the idea and plan to use it again. I think it would be especially useful for those abstract vocabulary words that you can’t quite put your finger on such as hope, love, freedom, equality, and doubt.


A picture of the template Michael and Sara showed us.