Reflection: Flexibility Students Present Narrative Poem Lessons to the Class - Section 1: Student Group Presentations of Poetry Analysis and Performances


One thing that I have to remind myself about constantly is that every lesson is not a finished product.  That goes for me, the teacher, and for my students.  In other words, we are constantly learning, developing our thinking, and improving (I hope.)  I think often, as teachers, we want every product that the students produce to demonstrate mastery.  If you think about that for more than a minute, you will realize that it is silly.  

Recently, I took some courses toward a certificate in Gifted and Talented programming.  One issue that many gifted children face is that their talents in certain areas can make them risk averse.  As a former "gifted" kid, I definitely suffered from this syndrome.  And even today, I can catch myself occasionally wanting things to be perfect, sometimes at the risk of letting them be interesting.

This relates to this lesson, because -- I will be honest here -- I was underwhelmed with what the students produced.  I thought their presentations were..."eh."  And I was getting kind of bummed about it.  Until I remembered that I am not teaching public speaking.  I am trying to get them to think about narrative poetry along certain lines and I wanted them to share that thinking with the class.  So obvious, right?  Now the next question is, Did they do that?  

I think so.  Was the lesson perfect?  Of course not.  In the future, I think I would spend less time and skip the "formal" presentation.  We're all learning here, after all.

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Students Present Narrative Poem Lessons to the Class

Unit 1: Narrative Poetry
Lesson 4 of 11

Objective: SWBAT teach the class about the three elements in their narrative poems.

Big Idea: Learn it ---> Teach it ---> Know it forever.

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