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Edu Consultant. Blogger & Social Media Marketing at Edutopia

Hi Kelley! Thanks so much to

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Hi Kelley!
Thanks so much to you for taking the time to leave a comment! Love live poetry in our hearts, minds and schools!
~L

A day late but not a poem short...

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I love this article. We can do this everyday! Teachers are always looking for ways to unlock a new level of understanding & interest in our students' minds. To b innovative, surprising, captivating.. Here it is! The language, sounds, musings, mysteries, layers, questions, answers that poetry gives us - like yoga, or found objects, art, movement & music, poetry can open the intuitive link that our kids can take into all their other lessons & subjects thru out the day. Hey social & emotional experts - listen up! What a wonderful way to release the pressure & transform an ordinary day. U said it Lisa - we don't have to teach them how to write it - just expose them to it, lead them to enjoy the experience - quite probably thru our enjoyment, & let them peek thru another keyhole that might open another door. Bravo!

Poetry for everyone

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For the past 4 years I've spearheaded a school-wide, month-long celebration of National Poetry Month. I employ the help of an intrepid band of poetry loving 6--8th graders (the Poetry Guerillas) and together we take over the morning announcements with "Metaphor Monday", "Teacher Tuesday", "Wacky Words Wednesday", and "Themed Thursday". Weekly contests keep all the homerooms involved and we culminate the month-long celebration on the final Thursday of the month with our Poetry Cafe. Each year has had a different theme: Poetry is Everywhere, Poetry is Music, Poetry is a Magic Spell, The Poetry of Small Things.

This year we're employing the assistance of design students from Philadelphia University to help us use design thinking to develop the floor plan for the cafe, focusing intensely on heightening the "experience of place" the visitors will take with them.

I really like Margaret's idea for a different type of poem each day, but I wish more teachers of math and science and history would look to poetry and the metaphorical expressions of key concepts that would make them much easier for students to grasp.

While I know it's not the experience that everyone has had with poetry, I tend to agree with Billy Collins in his recently posted TED talk http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/billy_collins_everyday_moments_caught_i...

Most of us never had a good chance with poetry because the pure pleasure of the thing was beat out of us by tests and text books that demand we tie it to a chair and extract the "truth" from it. The result is we develop "anti-poetry deflector shields."

But anyway, it's an exhausting, but exhilarating month of gifts of words. I might need to adapt some of Margaret's ideas for next year. Thanks for a great post.

Edu Consultant. Blogger & Social Media Marketing at Edutopia

Hi Margaret! I'm so happy to

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Hi Margaret!
I'm so happy to hear that you are using poetry and keeping it as a focus this month. I'm also happy to hear that your student's love it. I think that too many teachers are afraid to embrace poetry as a powerful learning tool and our kids are missing out. Cheers to you, for stepping up and sharing the beauty of poetry with your students!

Celebrating National Poetry Month in my gifted classroom

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We are celebrating National Poetry Month by writing a different form of poetry each day for each letter of the alphabet. For example, A is for acrostic, b is bio-poems, c is cinquain, and so on. They are also perusing my poetry book collection and picking out poems to type and post "secretly" in the school halls. On Poem in your Pocket Day we will challenge the school to a scavenger hunt for poems. My students are loving poetry!

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