On Becoming a Foster Parent
February was the month of ignoring bad behavior and focusing only on the good. Naturally, a calligram was in order. I started with the sentence, “I can’t hear you when you’re yelling,” and took one word away as the tantrums became less and less effective. Then as I tried to design the poem in a beautiful way, I decided to make it in the shape of an eye and use it as a homonym to reflect the idea that I’m not hear, seeing or responding to bad behavior. This was such a fun way to express a moment of breakthrough in our discipline issues.