...And here we are, back from a really terrific collaboration between presenters--all the more terrific because none of us knew all the rest of us before we met in our session room! That in itself was part of the risk.
After brief introductions, Patricia kicked us off by emphasizing the fun in writing, reviewing some of the techniques she uses, like keeping a bank of verbs related to her subject handy. She spoke about emotion as the key both to authentic writing, and about its role in the teacher-student relationship.
Here we all are getting started.
Next, Shanetia brainstormed and Mary Lee drafted based on her ideas. A document camera let participants watch this work as we all commented on the process.
Participants also brainstormed and drafted. Then I narrated a process of revision, reading aloud to find the music in the words and also to hear where the emotion was coming through.
Likewise, our intrepid crew of participants had a go at revision. It was a lot more difficult to come to a conclusion
with our shared poem than we expected, and the feeling of being vulnerable in front of an audience--as our students are asked to be every day--was palpable!
Our poem may not yet be finished, but here it is. You can follow the whole process by going to #riskingwriting on Twitter, where we hope that others will share their efforts at writing in front of their students!
The Voice of the Vegetables
We don't get to pick
the basket we land in--
pepper with eggplant with squash.
Grown apart, at market
we tumble together
on a background of red--
color and spice and crunch.
Unity is not a concession.
Stand, then speak, then lead.
(c) Shanetia Clark, Mary Lee Hahn, Heidi Mordhorst 2016
Here were the few slides of our presentation:
The round-up today is with Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales. It's not much of a risk just joining in our friendly Fridays, but letting the poetry take you--that's riskier.