This week we have several special blog posts we’d like to share. This means we’ll miss posting a few of our daily suggestions for using poetry. To make up for the gaps in the week ahead, here is a list of ideas on using poetry from Teaching with Heart.
Look for more throughout the week!
- Post poems on doors or file cabinets as reminders, inspiration, and invitations.
- Give poems as gifts to students at graduation; keep copies to hand out in your office.
- Send poems instead of holiday cards.
- Put poems on business-size cards to give to colleagues or students at special times.
- Decorate the school with large posters of poetry that exemplifies the important values of the school, such as diversity, respect, family, success, and so on.
- Open and close class sessions with readings; and when you read poetry, be lively and energetic—bring poetry alive!
- Create opportunities for students to perform their favorite poems as part of a classroom activity, a community event, a production, or a poetry slam.
- Ask families to share their favorite poems (especially traditional and cultural) with the students and the school.
- Bring poets into the school to do workshops, readings, and so on.
- Encourage local PTAs and PTOs to buy poetry books for all their teachers.
- Sponsor an art contest in which the piece of art is inspired by a favorite poem.