Adult Special Education students use poetry to explore ways of knowing
Okanagan College's Adult Special Education program has a unique creative writing course called "Writing Your Life," where students can explore other ways of knowing through stories, poems, songs, prayers, letters and field trips. Meet the students and read their work below.
Poems by Ricky Barnes
Ricky Barnes, when he is not cheering for his favourite soccer team (or football, as he would call it) Liverpool Football Club England, watching movies, and connecting on Facebook, can be found writing amazing poetry in ASE’s creative writing course, “Write Your Life." Below are three of Ricky’s favourite poems.
I feel LUCKY because a vase of cactus white flowers is calming,
I feel ALIVE watering my roses Pink, Red and White flowers,
I feel INSPIRED when Phoebe soccer cleats running fast,
I feel DELIGHTED Phoebe match done, so proud of her,
I feel AMAZED when I go the pond and ducks go by,
I feel ADVENTUROUS when I go to the Forest and the Sun out,
I feel EAGER my first car, is coming, it’s coming,
I feel HAPPY as long as my scooter is ‘perfick’.
I Went Out Today
I went out today
Into the Beach
There were People Volleyballing
And Viewing and Visiting.
There were People Walking
And Waving and Working.
There were People Swimming
And Snorkeling and Sliding
There were People Happily Human
Day and Night
Sun takes the coldness in the cloudless blue sky.
The night guides the moonlight sky forward in black shadow
The stars shows the bright sky shining brilliantly
Stone looks frightening at the pools edge
Poems by Ellen Mackenzie
Tattered faded yellow blanket
Needs to be pitched
In the sad garbage can
Bent and misshapen
Being turffed around
Heartbroken to see it go
My eyes are full of tears
One less faded yellow blanket
To be carted and stowed in a cupboard
The other blankets are moping
Soft and yellow
It lived in a crib
A sucky blanket for Emma
To cuddle and roll around on
It lays with a shredded dog toy
Waiting for me to retrieve it
That tattered faded yellow blanket
So full of memories
Loons cry ever loudly
Water lapping at the sand
We walk leisurely
Trying not to step on ants
Spiders are racing around
Sunshine warms the earth
Ice is breaking on the lake
Eager to catch fish
Before the eagle can strike
I watch his talons open
Adult Special Education
Adult Special Education programs at Okanagan College provide the support students need to reach their full potential. Our programs are part of a life progression – integrated where possible – teaching independence and encouraging interest in a lifetime of learning and working within the community.
What programs are available?
- Basic Skills A
- Basic Skills B
- Advanced Skills
- Preparing for Access to Careers and Education
- Supported Access to Modified Education
Acccessing Adult Special Education programs at Okanagan College is easy: the first step is contacting the administration department to set up an intake interview.