This Is Just to Tell You (abt poetry, projects & power) by Chuck Sandy 

Sunday, July 27 2014 | 1:00 PM (Greenwich Standard Time)

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About the Class

This is just to tell you that In this session we’ll explore the power of collaborative learning using a few simple poems as our starting point. We’ll do some activities together, develop some additional possibilities, and then Chuck will invite you and your students to participate in a collaborative online project in which we’ll build a database of recorded poetry. To prepare for this session please read Chuck's latest iTDi Blog post "Invitation Standing: Bringing Poetry To The Classroom" at the following link http://itdi.pro/blog/2014/07/11/movement-rhyme-and-rhythm-in-elt-chuck/ #flyhighwithiTDi

PRE-TASK DISCUSSION QUESTIONS and TASKS
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1) What things might English language learners learn from using English language poetry in the classroom?

2) Have you ever used any poetry in your classes? Why or why not?

3) What's your favorite poem in English. Please link to it online if possible or else type the poem out in your answer. Then say why it's your favorite. What do you like about it? How does it speak to you?

4) Write a few sentences about the following poem "Gratitude to Old Teachers. What's it about? What does it make you think about? Who do you think about when you read it? What does a frozen lake, water, and the stillness have to do with teaching and learning? Anything?

Gratitude to Old Teachers - Robert Bly

When we stride or stroll across the frozen lake,
We place our feet where they have never been.
We walk upon the unwalked. But we are uneasy.
Who is down there but our old teachers?

Water that once could take no human weight-
We were students then-holds up our feet,
And goes on ahead of us for a mile.
Beneath us the teachers, and around us the stillness.

5) What is a poem? How is a poem different from prose?

TASKS
1) Explore the videos at The Favorite Poem Project http://www.favoritepoem.org Choose one you like and write a few sentences explaining what you like about it.

2) Read Chuck's iTDi blog post on using poetry in the classroom at http://itdi.pro/blog/2014/07/11/movement-rhyme-and-rhythm-in-elt-chuck/ and leave a comment at the bottom of that post.

CHUCK SANDY believes that education has the power to change the world: one student, one teacher, one classroom at a time. He’s is a cofounder and director of the International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi) at http://iTDi.pro He’s also a teacher trainer, essayist, poet, and author of several coursebooks such as the just published Passages 3rd Edition series from Cambridge University Press which he wrote with Jack C.Richards. His most recent book which he coauthored with Dorothy Zemach is English For Scammers, a guide to writing effective business emails which can be found on Amazon at http://bit.ly/englishforscammers Read Chuck's most recent essays about education on the iTDi Blog at http://itdi.pro/blog/author/chuck/ and follow him on Twitter at @chucksandy and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChuckSandy He'll be so happy to connect with you in all the ways you can.

Language of instruction: English

Keywords: education, communicative language teaching (clt), teaching tools

Discussion

Patrolena

1. I think students can learn how to be creative and have fun by using poetry in the classroom. It gives them a chance to express their own ideas and thoughts whether they are reading or writing poetry. Students might learn vocabulary and rhyming or line structures. They can also improve their pronuciation, intonation and reading and writing skills by using See more

2005 days 13 hours 49 minutes ago

Ashley Van Oordt

1) What things might English language learners learn from using English language poetry in the classroom?
In my opinion, learners can discover new vocabulary, sentence structure, substitution drills and
intonation, just to name a few, from doing poetry in the classroom. Though, the level of learners ability
should be considered when poems are chosen for a specific class.

2) Have you ever used any poetry in your classes? Why or why not?
No, not yet. Although, I feel that's poetry can be utilized quite well in the classroom to help learners
develop all the areas of language development.

3) What's your favorite poem in English. Please link to it online if possible or else type the poem out in your
answer. Then say why it's your favorite. What do you like about it? How does it speak to you?
One of my favorite English poems is, "The road not taken", by Robert Frost. The link is
http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/frost/section7.rhtmlSee more

2007 days 9 hours 28 minutes ago

Shadi Saba

1) What things might English language learners learn from using English language poetry in the classroom?
I think they can learn intonation and some additional vocabulary.

2) Have you ever used any poetry in your classes? Why or why not?
No, I haven't. Thought it might be too confusing for the students.

3) WhatSee more

2140 days 8 hours 20 minutes ago

Judith Yoana Moya Mosquera

1) What things might English language learners learn from using English language poetry in the classroom?
I think they can improve their understanding of how the language works (grammar, pragmatics, vocabulary, etc), while doing these things, they will also improve their writing skills.

2) Have you ever used any poetry in your classes? Why or why not?
To be honest, I’ve never used it and this is because I’ve not seen its importance or value as I see it now thanks to you, Chuck. I’m learning and though I used to write things like that, I stopped doing it and I think it has also affected my teaching experience. Sorry, I’ll try to make it right.

3) What's your favorite poem in English. Please link to it online if possible or else type the poem out in your answer. Then say why it's your favorite. What do you like about it? How does it speak to you?
Although I don’t really have a favorite poem in English, I searched and found one that pleased me a lot and this is A Farewell from Amy Levy; you can see it on this link http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-farewell-5/See more

2180 days 11 hours ago

Evgeniy Kalashnikov

1. Rhythm, vocabulary, intonation , thinking skills (predicitig the theme reasoning from the title), writing.
2. I used poetry, for example, as a running dictation and then this piece of poetry was a lead-in to a topic for a term.
3. I like lots of poetry: one of my favourite writers is a Russian/American poet Joseph Brodsky. One of my favourite poems of his is "A SONG"
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/a-song-3/See more

2186 days 1 hours 32 minutes ago

Amandeep Singh

1) What things might English language learners learn from using English language poetry in the classroom?
English language learners can learn about pronunciation, intonation, rhythm, vocabulary, pace etc.
2) Have you ever used any poetry in your classes? Why or why not?
Yes, i have used poetry in class. But generally i use poetry given in the syllabus.
3)What's your favorite poem in English. Please link to it online if possible or else type the poem out in your answer. Then say why it's your favorite. What do you like about it? How does it speak to you?
All the world's a stage by William Shakespeare
http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/all-the-world-s-a-stage/

2188 days 2 hours 31 minutes ago

Miguel Talk

1) What things might English language learners learn from using English language poetry in the classroom?
English language learners can learn about English collocations, can also learn about pace and about intonation when using English language poetry in the classroom

2) Have you ever used any poetry in your classes? Why or why not?
I've used songs in the classroom, because the students asked for them. I haven't used poetry in class, but I'll use it as soon as they ask for it.

3) What's your favorite poem in English. Please link to it online if possible or else type the poem out in your answer. Then say why it's your favorite. What do you like about it? How does it speak to you?
http://shelsilversteinpoems.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/early-bird/See more

2190 days 19 hours 43 minutes ago

Mamadou Dia Bodian

Poetry is an efficient way of improving learners speaking and reading skils, even writing competence.

2195 days 7 minutes ago

Rada Bjelic

1) Students can profit a lot from using/reading poetry – e. g. they can improve their speaking and reading skills – work on pronunciation, intonation (rhythm, stress), expand their vocabulary; they can use it to analyse/recognise patterns, structure, look for deeper meaning…but also to improve their writing.
2) Yes, for example, poems containing riddlSee more

2195 days 2 hours 37 minutes ago

Christina Chorianopoulou

1) What things might English language learners learn from using English language poetry in the classroom?
Poetry as a learning aid is to me another invitation to explore the language and one of the purest and most honest forms of expression. Language learners can build a better understanding of the language, how and why we use it, they explore structures, they start building on coherence and (non)accuracy; they learn not to fear using the language and become aware that they are allowed to playfully explore it further.

2) Have you ever used any poetry in your classes? Why or why not?
Yes, with both young and adult learners, because I find that their personal input and individual interpretations are extremely beneficial in a language course. We all encourage our students to ''think outside the box'', we invite them to feel and work on those emotions along with us; with poetry, the ''box'' is obscured, almost eliminated and we are left to work purely on our own insight, culture and feelings.
Even though I love using poetry, it's still a very intimidating process - I'm never certain on how it will work out and whether I will actually be able to assess the work students contribute to the lesson.

3) What's your favorite poem in English. Please link to it online if possible or else type the poem out in your answer. Then say why it's your favorite. What do you like about it? How does it speak to you?
''On imagination'' by Phillis Wheatley (http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/webtexts/Wheatley/imagination.htmlSee more

2200 days 36 minutes ago

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