Archive for November 11th, 2011

OK, so this is not a poem on this Poetry Friday, but an essay about teaching and about poetry by John S. O’Connor.


Learning to Teach/Teaching to Learn

Last weekend my son announced that his 6th grade class was about to start a poetry unit. I thought I knew what this meant, having done guest spots in my kids’ classes since they were in nursery school. So, I asked my son to give me some lead-time to arrange my schedule for a visit. But this year would be different, I quickly learned. This year, HE was going to lead the class.

This was not cockiness on his part by any means. It was just that he’d seen me lead workshops before (in earlier classes and at local libraries), and it hadn’t frankly seemed so hard. So, he volunteered, and his teacher gamely agreed. He would lead two classes back-to-back.


Read the entire post on the Poetry Foundation website

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