Why Teach Poetry?

Poetry is a literary form that places special emphasis on expressing feelings through powerful imagery while adhering to a (sometimes) strict form. It uses rhythm and strategic formatting to support the ideas, emotions, and stories presented. Some poetry sticks to the rules of a given format (limericks, haiku, sonnets etc..) while others deliberately break them…

Teachers Helping Teachers

Writing is a powerful, necessary skill. Both teaching and learning to write well takes practice – like memorizing times tables. The words start to flow, only after eons of repetition. Wake up; write. Read as much as you can. Think. Write it down. In the words of Anne Lamott, “Put your butt in a chair…

Reading List Top 5

Reading in varied genres is a lovely way to greet the world. With a good book in hand, it is impossible to be lonely. Reading inspires profound empathy and personal growth rooted in new-found knowledge of people, ideas or other concepts previously uncharted.  I love when a book surprises me, as happened several times this…