Dawn Potter @Dawn_L_Potter poet, director of The Conference of Poetry and Teaching at The Frost Place, and author of The Conversation: Learning to Be a Poet joined #poetrychat March 7, 2016 as our guest as we discussed The Pedagogy of Poetry Instruction. See the Storify here.
Poetic Resolutions was the topic of the first #poetrychat of 2016. January 4 we shared ideas on reflecting, evaluating, and helping our students set goals and resolutions. See the Storify here.
Teaching Grammar with Poetry was the topic for the November 2, 2015 #poetrychat. So many great ideas and resources shared. See the Storify here.
October 5, 2015 #poetrychat We talked about pairing poetry with poetry and other genres. We had several teachers join us for the first time, and boy, did they know their poetry. For some excellent suggestions on poetry pairings, see the Storify here.
Poetry: the Perfect Genre for Reluctant Readers and Writers was the topic for our September 7, 2015 chat, facilitated by @aileenhower. Many ideas and poems shared about inspiring and encouraging all students to read and write. See the Storify here.
After studying Boys and Literacy with Tom Newkirk at the University of New Hampshire Literacy Institute and reading Misreading Masculinity, Jackie, Shana, and I knew the topic of Boys, Literacy, and Poetry would be an important one. Here’s the Storify for August 3, 2015
Poems to Write Beside was the topic of #poetrychat July 6, 2015. Here’s the Storify with lots of beautiful, inspiring, provocative poems to write beside this summer, or to use with students to write beside next school year. I pinned the poems to my poetry board on Pintrest here.
Shana hosted #poetrychat June 1, 2015. Independent Reading & Writing of Poetry. Here’s the Storify.
Here is the Storify of the Inaugural Poetry Chat, May 4, 2015. Lots of great ideas for infusing poetry in our workshop classrooms.
We need your help in generating themes and ideas for our first Monday of the month #poetrychat — Please jump on this doc and add your ideas.
Maybe I’m a little eager. The first #poetrychat isn’t for awhile, but poetry is pretty much swimming in my head. Not very good poetry — but swimming still.
I do not consider myself a poet — yet. I want to be though, so I am not giving up.
When I attended The Frost Place Conference on Teaching and Poetry last summer, my heart opened to the beauty that poetry put there. I walked the trails behind the little white barn. I read the placards inscribed with Robert Frost poems. I relaxed. (This is huge for me — Tension is my middle name.)
Today, I attended my first poetry slam. I wish I could say it was a positive experience, but it was not. I came home unsettled. Then I read this line by Pablo Neruda:
Poetry is an act of peace.
One line from Neruda, and I feel better.