Top 5 Poetry Teaching Tips

26 Jan

1. Before a workshop kicks-off, take a moment to remind yourself why you are doing this. (I find myself, for a specific example, going through this process everytime I walk into Djanogly’s reception)

2. Be aware that just because a participant is outwardly quieter than others, doesn’t mean they don’t have something to contribute to the discussion/situation. Explore techniques that can involve everybody in the room.

3. Plan hard but be ready to change everything you planned.

4. Encourage specificity in everything. On the page, in a response. ‘So, why exactly did you like the way he performed that poem?’

5. Bring as much of your personality into the space as possible: don’t be afraid to be you, even as a teacher. This means something to you. Show it.

Jim.

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