Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Poetry Masterclasses for NSW High Schools; Connected Classroom

I have run 3 Poetry Masterclasses for 8 state high school groups across NSW with the help of Teacher Librarian and wizard technician Joachim Cohen at the Bondi Teachers' Centre with the enthusiastic eye of Gavin Patterson, School Education Director. Using my compilation The ABC Book of Australian Poetry which has the river as its theme, some 65 students and 8 teachers took a trip down the river with me from waterfalls to the sea, using the Hathorn Technique of Poetry Writing.

The students responded to poetry models, specially chosen visuals, music and the joy of words demonstrated in quality chosen poems, with poems of their own. A certificate of accomplishment is being awarded to all students, then poems will appear on a blog (to be announced). I hope and trust a new relationship to the wonders of poetry established for life.

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