I have had the joy of watching Amy get revved up about a variety of teaching topics, but I’ve never seen her with a brighter glow than when she talks about her experience at The Frost Place. Their Conference on Poetry and Teaching is an amazing opportunity for teachers, readers, and writers of poetry to experience the “reading-conversation-writing-revision cycle” that is so central to conference director Dawn L. Potter‘s poetic philosophy.
I’ve been reading much of Dawn’s aforementioned poetic philosophy, and seeing it in practice, in her book The Conversation–which is blowing my mind. A thick, wordy tome with small print offset by the white space so signature to poetry, the book is full of wisdom that is revolutionizing how I view the teaching of poetry.
As such, we are thrilled to have Dawn as our guest during March 7’s #PoetryChat, where she (and other chat participants) will converse about how to teach poetry. Dawn’s expertise as a teacher and poet are incredible, and we can’t wait to hear her thoughts on our questions, and see her responses to chat participants’ questions as well.
Below are our questions for the chat–please share any that you have in the comments, and join us Monday, March 7 at 7 CT/8 ET for this month’s #PoetryChat on the pedagogy of poetry instruction.
- What poets and poems inspire(d) your love of poetry?
- What’s your best advice for helping students read and understand poetry?
- What’s your best advice for helping students WRITE poetry?
- How can teachers move away from poetry units and toward embedding poetry in ALL instruction?
- What is the best way to help make poetry relatable (and not intimidating) to its readers?
- As a poet, how do you approach reading poetry?
- What are your thoughts on revision?
Share your questions in the comments, and join us for the chat