Friday, October 3, 2014

Learning Preferences--By Shannon O'Leary--United States

Learning Preferences

Learners diverse
Educators be ready
Actively engage
Really must think
Not all learn the same
It’s meeting students’ needs
Noticing and embracing all
Going the extra mile

Preparing hands-on lessons
Real life experiences
Extra practice
Finding what works
Expecting all students to succeed
Realizing potential
Each student matters
New interventions

Shannon O'Leary is a first grade teacher from Fargo, North Dakota. She provides creative writing activities to inspire her students. Her first-graders have published poems in a local newspaper. Shannon has published her own poetry in the following venues, Sketchbook, Snippets and Smile. She is the daughter of our editor.


  1. Shannon, I can see you are a teacher who cares about each individual need and ability to learn. Your poem was well written and expressed your love for helping your young children learn. I enjoyed the read. Thank you for sharing and give your sweet mom a hug and kiss for this old lady that has learned much from her already.
    Love, Charlene

  2. Dear Charlene,

    Thank you so much for your kind words. Shannon is a wonderful teacher. I'm so proud of her.


  3. Thank you, dear Shannon for sharing.

  4. Hi Shannon! Glad to meet a fellow teacher...well, I am now retired, but still contribute to my local school when asked to. Enjoyed this acrostic poem to which I can relate from experience. Often teachers have to go that extra mile. Have a nice weekend. // paul

  5. Love your poem, Shannon! All teachers are obligated to this this way and to promote each child individually. Unfortunately, though it is a pipe dream, I would say that majority of teachers DO think this way. There will always be one or two who spoil the barrel for all the rest. That is life, too. I shudder to think of all the kids left behind because they are "not worth it" and forgotten in the shuffle. Your poem is great and well expressed! Sheri

  6. Hi Shannon. Thank you for sharing "Learning Preferences." I loved reading and meditating upon it. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  7. From your poem, I feel you must be a good teacher... in addition to being a good poetess!!