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This term's English Space meeting is open to all teachers in our partnership schools and should appeal to both primary and secondary English colleagues.
Provoked by her pupils’ responses to the poetry curriculum as enacted in her classroom, Grace Balchin will present the findings from her prize winning* masters dissertation which explored the potentials of a creative approach to teaching and experiencing poetry through Poetry Slam.
In recent weeks we have witnessed how poetry through lyrics in the One Love Manchester concert and through Tony Walsh (Longfella)’s reading of his poem ‘In this place’ speaks to hearts and minds in unique and powerful ways. This instinct to turn to poetry as a cultural and community experience and the potential of creative communal approaches such as poetry slam offers interesting perspectives through which to view how these resonate with how poetry is experienced by pupils in schools.
In this English Space session we will hear from Grace and open up the debate to discuss what is the point of poetry (in schools)? and to consider what might be the potentials and challenges of teaching poetry in current classroom contexts. We intend this to be a session predicated on hope and optimism with a shared commitment to consider ways in which pupils can turn to poetry to inspire, comfort, challenge and provoke.
*Grace completed her dissertation as part of her MA Creativity, Arts, Literacies and Learning. Her work was awarded the student dissertation prize by UKLA. Grace will be accepting her award and presenting this work at the international UKLA conference in Glasgow later this month. There will be an opportunity to find out more about the MA programme during the evening.
Refreshments available from 4.30pm.
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