Friday, January 10, 2014

Thinking Outside the Backpack

My backpack's stuffed,
it will not zip.
Too many books,
it's gonna rip.

Out goes Math,
my English book, too.
Science stays home,
it zips - phew!

My backpack's flat,
super easy to zip.
Won't teacher be proud?
I'm smart as a whip!

32 comments:

Donna Smith said...

Ah, yes, the teacher will be so please to find that the backpack is so easily zipped! I think I've done that packing for a trip before - later finding I had nothing I needed! But the suitcase was a breeze to carry!

Robyn Hood Black said...

Ha ha - and this was especially fun to read coming straight from Laura's (AuthorAmok Laura) post. Happy New Year, Bridget!

Linda B said...

Very funny, Bridget, something for many teachers to post, I think!

Tabatha said...

Love the title, Bridget :-) Sometimes we've had that on the opposite end -- when the kids get home and they've left everything they need in their locker!

jama said...

Hah! So much fun -- a poem both teachers and students will love. :)

Tara said...

I have kids who think like this in my classes! :)

Liz Steinglass said...

Well done! to you and your unpacker!

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Donna! In my teaching days I was always amazed by what the kids did to avoid taking home their books - copying pages of math problems! Regarding suitcases - with the weight/size limits on airlines it's a wonder we can bring anything! Happy New Year!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Robyn! You're right, Laura's poem/post compliments mine nicely...the second "back to school" season. Love it! Happy New Year to you, too!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Linda! Both as a parent and former teacher I have witnessed this too often. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Tabatha! I feel like my older brings everything in her backpack despite her locker and my younger one want her's "easy to zip". =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Jama! I've lived the three perspectives of this poem as a kid who did it a time or two, as a teacher and a parent who has witnessed it. =)

Bridget Magee said...

I did, too, Tara! And one at home, also. And they think we don't notice. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Liz! I have the two extremes with my daughters - one who over stuffs her backpack to the point that I worry about her back and the other who purges, but is constantly lacking what she needs. There has to be a happy medium. =)

Diane Mayr said...

So cute, and my chiropractor would love this solution to a common problem of student visitors to her office.

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

And this is precisely why Miranda's backpack died halfway through the school year, thank you very much! It's a wonder these kids don't all grow up hunchbacked, carrying all that extra weight around. (Neither of my kids' schools have lockers either. Hummph.)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Diane! Chiropractors probably see a lot of these cases! I wonder what the long term effects are for carrying an overstuffed backpack. Not good, I'm sure.

Bridget Magee said...

I can relate, Michelle! Last year, we went through 3 backpacks with my one daughter. This year we picked a higher quality backpack and the stitching has held well...so far. I wonder if someone has studied this generation of kids and the effects of their heavy backpacks. Worrisome.

Buffy Silverman said...

Ha--a great solution (I always worried about my kids carrying backpacks that weighed as much as they did--but soon (in some places already) an ipad will replace that stack of books.)

Joy said...

great poem, Bridget. Hope all of your backpacks are lite.

Violet N. said...

Fun poem and clever kid! Hope the teacher thinks so too.

Mary Lee said...

Ha!

I witnessed a different version of this dilemma recently. One of my devoted Rick Riordan-Harry Potter-Amulet series readers couldn't get his backpack zipped because he had too many books he wanted to take home to read! YAY!

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Buffy! An iPad would really lighten the load! =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Joy! I try to keep my purse backpack light, but my writing journal weighs it down - in a good way. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Violet! Kids are always thinking...and teachers understanding...most of the time. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Yay is right, Mary Lee! This is the best reason to have an overstuffed backpack - so you can read! =)

Keri said...

I agree with Mary Lee -- it's always more fun to squeeze in books for pleasure reading than books for homework! That would certainly put a twist on the end of your poem!

GatheringBooks said...

Hi there Bridget, looks like everyone is gearing up for school. We are also suffering from back-to-school blues here in Singapore. :) Love the poem! :)

Linda said...

Your poem is right on, Bridget, and it describes MANY of my middle school students' backpacks. I don't know how they carry them around all day.

Bridget Magee said...

Yes, Keri, squeezing in pleasure reading books is only time to have an overstuffed backpack. Maybe a revised ending is in order. =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thank you, Myra! I think "back-to-school blues" is universal...especially after a break! Thanks for stopping by! =)

Bridget Magee said...

Thanks, Linda! It is a wonder that kids don't have more aches and pains than they do...but I guess time will tell if there is long term repercussions.

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