Top 5 poetry-teaching tips

22 Jan

 

  1. Before anything else, teach them how to free-write. The privacy and personal freedom gets them in the writing ‘zone’.
  2. Be ridiculously organised and understand all of your activities but let the students sway the session.
  3. Give them their own poetry books. This becomes a sacred space where honesty appears most.
  4. ‘I can’t’ seems to linger in the classroom. These two tactics have been the most effective: Say ‘I’ve seen you perform before’ with a knowing facial expression that says ‘.. and you were amazing’, or simply ignore the comment and they miraculously continue.
  5. Provide lots of colourful pens. 
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