Happy Poetry Friday!
Welcome to today’s tip in my month-long Poetry Tips for Teachers series.
Tip #13: Turn out the lights!
Turn out the lights to help students focus. When you remove visual input, students are often able to listen more carefully. Fewer distractions. Something unexpected and new. It can add a little more focus AND excitement to poetry time. Try listening to today’s audio clip both with and without the lights.
This is from my book, What’s Inside? Poems to Explore the Park.
Now, here I am reading the poem. Remember to turn out the lights and see if it makes it a little easier for kids to absorb the dense, image-filled poem. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this if you experiment with lights-out poetry!
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