A Poem by a Teacher in Tunisia, Hamdi Erestreams

Part of the series: Global Issues in Education

I love that I am able to develop relationships with educators from around the world through social media. The stories I hear inspire me to continue striving to provide free professional development opportunities and resources. In many parts of the world, educators have to struggle to develop Personal/Passionate Learning Networks online because they lack home access to the Internet. Hamdi Erestreams is one of these educators. He has been teaching students English in Tunisia for over 12 years and would be a valuable educator anywhere. He speaks three languages fluently, Arabic, French, and English. He is also very passionate about being an educator and is hoping to connect with someone in the UK or the US to do a teacher stay program. Hamdi is dedicated to professional development and visits an Internet cafe weekly to connect with other educators and access resources. I met Hamdi on Facebook. He shared this poem. I think it would be great for English teachers to share with their students.

In Days Gone By

Painful that late Saturday
Heading north by train some years ago in May
Their eyes met in such an accidental way
On that late Saturday
Years and years of longings went by
She looked the same
though her eyes seemed beaten by time
faint memories awoke
Heavily, yet they never spoke
Of olden moments somewhere
Of olden joys at the town square
He left his seat…
walked away…
to flee the beat..
He hates memories that hurt and eat

Hamdi Erestreams is an EFL teacher from Tunisia. He has a BA in English language and literature and in 1991 he received his Proficiency Certificate from Brighton University. He is interested in translation, test construction, media and literary studies,and poetry. Read another poem of his on the Teaching Village blog.

What are your favorite ways to teach students poetry?

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations

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