Poetry Friday has come around very quickly this week… I’m going to be brave, go out on a limb and throw a question (
or two or few) out … to YOU!
- If you are a teacher or parent, what do you love best about sharing poetry with kids?
- What sort of things take you out of your comfort zone?
- If you had a guest author visit your school – or if your child could attend a writing workshop with a poet – what sort of things would you like them to DO?
I absolutely love author visits, but I particularly love conducting poetry workshops with kids. The really wonderful thing about poetry is that teachers are constantly surprised by some of the kids who shine – because more and more I’m finding that poetry enables all kids. In different ways, they can all say things that take your breath away, or send shivers up your spine. And that’s a truly beautiful thing! Only rivalled by the expression on the faces of those kids who don’t normally experience success with writing…
So often when I’ve conducted sessions with/for kids, the supervising adults have commented about how much they’ve learnt – how much fun they’ve had – and the teachers have rated it highly as a professional development opportunity. Which is really lovely, because not only did that group benefit from the experience, but future classes will continue to benefit, from the enthusiasm/experience of the teacher. My heart sings.
But it also makes me wonder, is there any particularly burning questions that teachers/parents might have about poetry? Or any particular poetic devices that they’d like classes to explore within a workshop?
I have heaps of activities I love to do – but I just thought I’d throw it out there and see if there’s something that you would like to see/do, if you had the opportunity.
Love to hear your thoughts! (Don’t be shy…)
Oops! I forgot to link up to the Poetry Friday Round-up on Buffy’s blog. Be sure to check out all the great posts about poetry, to inspire you in your play with poetic words – after Buffy has regaled you with Toad’s Swampy Serenade. (It may be that I have a toad poem myself, titled, ‘Bufo Marinus – What am I?’ … I’m sure you can guess!)