Friday, September 12, 2014

Poetry Friday: Naomi Shihab Nye on Teaching Poetry

I'm doing parent/teacher conferences today, so while I'm talking to parents about their kids' progress, here's Naomi Shihab Nye talking about teaching poetry, and how it's not about measuring, but about love.  Watch it; it's so good.

Here is today's Poetry Friday roundup.


Linda B said...

Just lovely to hear, Ruth. I was just talking to a teacher today who said he "hoped to get to poetry soon", & I suggested that he just share a poem he loved every week, that that was 'getting' to poetry, too! I'll share this with others! Thank you! Hope your conferences went beautifully!

Tara said...

So spot on! I love Naomi...and wish more teachers would follow her wise words. Thanks, Ruth.

Mary Lee said...

Measurement vs. Love. Perfect.

And "I don't like Poetry" to be met with "You just don't like the poems you've read so far."

10 minutes well spent. Thanks! Hope your conferences went well.

Susan Taylor Brown said...

Yes! We just need to keep sharing a variety of poems with people (and students) until they find something they can relate to, something that lights that fire inside of them. Thank you for sharing this.

GatheringBooks said...

What a beautiful video. Thank you. Naomi Shihab Nye is a treasure. Glad to hear her voice, finally.