NPM Day 7–Classroom Palette

I wasn’t feeling too motivated to dive into more Paint Chip Poetry, until it occurred to me that it might be fun to create my own palette of imagined paint chip colors for different settings. My classroom came to mind. This one’s still a work in progress, but definitely tapped into the Playing With Poetry sense of fun!

Classroom Palette

There’s the streaky hue of
Drying Out Marker
and Dingy White
for the whiteboard,
too long uncleaned
The carpet defies a name
though a few dark spots
scream out Slime Residue
from last year’s craze
The seats are Tippy Green
and my desk must be Speckled Clutter
The bulletin boards boast fabric in
Bright Bargain Batik
while the cabinet wood
is a Peek-A-Boo Brown
beneath various charts
Outside the windows
spring flirts in Come Hither Green
with hints of Zephyr
In this last week before break
amidst Assessment Blue
there must be a shade
entitled Tired Teacher…
I leave it to your imagination

©Molly Hogan, 2019 (rough draft)


10 thoughts on “NPM Day 7–Classroom Palette

  1. margaretsmn says:

    This is so hilarious and true! That Slime Residue, of course, and speckled clutter, I’ve got that one. The tired teacher amidst assessment blue will be me this week. You made me smile.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’m glad I made you smile. I might do this for some other settings as well. We have assessments all week, and I was just horrified to see that we’re supposed to get 3-5 inches of snow tomorrow! What!? Color me Winter Weary!


  2. What fun this is, Molly. My chairs are Tippy Green, indeed. I’m sure I’ll be looking for colors when I arrive tomorrow. Well done!

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  3. Love this poem! Now I’m thinking about my classroom palette!

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  4. I think you’ve described every classroom in America to a T! Nice job, Molly!

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  5. Imaginary paint colors! I have to try this! Also, you’ve described every American classroom perfectly. I think I was just in this room last week!


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