Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Teaching Poetry

Question: Why don’t English teachers like to teach poetry?

Answer: They feel inadequate for teaching poetry. Here are their preconceptions:

(1) Poetry is boring.

(2) Poetry is for the elite.

(3) Poetry is inaccessible.

(4) Poetry is a frill.

 (5) Children’s poetry writing is too difficult to evaluate.

(6) Analysis is at the heart of understanding poetry.

(7) Poetry is a solitary art.

Comment: The cure for this malaise is to teach your own personal, favorite poems. RayS.

Title: “ ‘Wiki-Ed Poetry’: Transforming Pre-service Teachers’ Preconceptions about Poetry and Poetry Teaching.” J Hughes and S Dymoke. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (September 2011), 46-56.

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