Season 1 Episode 25: Poetry
In Episode 25, Chey and Pav talk about poetry, and the evolution of the strand in their Language Arts programs. Poetry can be an area of the language program that some teachers don’t feel comfortable teaching, since it is such a topic of vulnerability. Chey and Pav talk about how they have gone out of their comfort zones to develop a great program for students, and really put in the time and effort to learn the ins and outs, so that they don’t feel out of place, and so that they are able to do a great job teaching the unit to their students.
There are many ways that students can use their voice and choice in order to work on and present their poetry. Teachers can use a lot of accommodations for students so that they do not feel nervous or awkward about presenting their poems to the class. They can be presented in many ways, overtly or more privately as well. They can write about so many different things, and in many different styles, and using different mediums, too. The good thing about poetry is that there is no real right or wrong, so we can emphasize that to our students as well.
Pav talks about the concept of Insta-Poetry and the idea that younger generations have connected to poetry because of its quick and visual availability on Instagram and other Social Media platforms. Since it is so easy for people to write short poems and make them instantly available to readers and followers, it is easy to therefore receive instant feedback.
Chey and Pav welcome Melvin & ShaRon Dukes, from the After School Talk Podcast for their 3 Enlightened Minutes segment.
Chey talks about his Poetry Soiree from his classroom before wrapping up the episode.
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