One of the most powerful ways to explore poetry is in conjunction with other disciplines. Case in point: I once gave a reading at Johns Hopkins University to a small audience of academics and other guests. At this event, I read my poem, "Entropy", a poem about the struggle that parents face with small child … Continue reading Today’s Poetry Teaching Tip: Contemporary Poetry Pairings Can Enhance Learning Across Subject Areas
"My conference is all about trying to figure things out, to consider how to integrate our responsibilities with our ideals, to deal forthrightly with our own longing to create emotionally and intellectually satisfying work even as we support others' longing to do the same." -- from Dawn Potter's July 10, 2018 blog post, "Negotiating the … Continue reading Beyond Balance: Satisfaction for the Teacher-Writer/ Writer-Teacher
Those of you who know me, know that I've been a fan of Poetry Out Loud for quite some time. Their site just keeps getting better for students and teachers of poetry. I'd like to highlight one thing in particular: Poetic Forms and Terms This area of their site is particularly useful for educators and … Continue reading Today’s Poetry Teaching Tip: Online Resource on Poetic Forms and Terms
I'm always on the lookout for new ways to recommend poetry to others, especially in the summer, when both students and their teachers are looking for new ways to expand their reading lives. If you've run out of options or are simply wanting to infuse your summer reading with poems, why not check out Emily … Continue reading Not Sure What Poetry to Read?
I recently came across this brief article, "Buy a cat, stay up late, don't drink: top 10 writers’ tips on writing" in The Guardian, and I thought it was especially appropriate for teachers who also want to make writing lives of their own. However, I do have one additional piece of advice which is especially … Continue reading Writing, Teaching, & Self Care: 2018 & Beyond
Years ago as a teacher, I loved that my students thought of me as some kind of poetry guru. I used to stand behind my lectern and throw questions at them about poems. When they didn't "get it," it wasn't for my lack of passion or my pedagogical know-how. It was that they needed me … Continue reading Then and Now: What Matters to Me in Teaching Students About Poetry
I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time. Those of you who know my professional interests, know that I have wanted to help transform the way students learn how to read poems; this has led me to a career that focuses on high school English/Language Arts pedagogy and curricula. For years I’ve been … Continue reading Why Poetry