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Workshop 3: Teaching Poetry

Vivian Johnson's Reflections

Vivian Johnson  

Immersing students in poetry

"The first thing my students ever hear me say is a poem."

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Teaching students to write poetry

"So I guess the marination is critical and then time to read it..."


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Passion for teaching poetry

"I don't think any one of us can teach anything without it being a clear passion..."


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Holding "poetry reads"

"We have what I call 'poetry reads,' and I simply distribute 75 to 80 poetry books."


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Experiencing poetry

"I first want to give them another opportunity to record their lives and to make sense of it..."


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Sharing your poetry

"I often share my poetry with them..."


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