Toward Teaching Poetry with Quietude & Wonder
In an age where educators are increasingly concerned about distracted attention spans, poetry can serve as a great salve against the overwhelm. Mindfully engaging poems together affords an opportunity for a shared experience of quietude & wonder, where students (and teachers:) can slow down, visualize, and enter text in transformative ways. From this space of attention, students can analyze and respond to the poem with deepened concentration, vulnerability, and awareness. In this teacher to teacher workshop, we will share and revivify our own joy of poetry, an ancient and innovative practice, and hope to reaffirm its capacity for acceptance, insight, and compassion.