Mrs. Backward

17 May

Mrs. Backward

Mrs. Backward teaches school
“Nothing Forward” is her rule
Eats her breakfast before bed
Sleeps with pillow on her head
Wears warm woollies to keep cool
Dries before she swims the pool
Gives the prize before the race
Shuts her book then finds her place
Grades our work before we’re done
Class dismissed before begun
But what is making me depressed
Teaches after giving tests!

– Violet Nesdoly


This is a poem I wrote a few years ago after reading some of the fun poetry on Ken Nesbitt’s Poetry 4 Kids site, and then taking a peek at his poetry lessons. I have never done anything with it, so I’m trotting it out today as my contribution to Poetry Friday, hosted this week at Write. Sketch. Repeat.


Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Kids, Light, Poetry Friday


10 responses to “Mrs. Backward

  1. jama

    May 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Such fun. I’d like to be in her class for a day. 🙂


    • vnesdoly

      May 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

      It was fun to think of all the teacherly activities one could do backwards. 🙂


  2. Tabatha

    May 18, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Great ending 🙂 I’m going to share this with my kids! Thanks.


    • vnesdoly

      May 18, 2012 at 9:02 am

      Thanks, Tabatha. I hope your kids like it. 😉


  3. Jim Hill (@heyjimhill)

    May 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I like it, and how it builds to the dreaded post-test teaching. Nice!


  4. haitiruth

    May 18, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Ha! How fun!


  5. Mary Lee

    May 20, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Very fun! What other gems do you have hidden away? Do share!!



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